My Journey Ban Capron was one the early ProtonPals leaders and finished his treatment on Friday, Feb 22, 2008. Ban wrote a complete journal of his journey from diagnosis through completion of treatment at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Proton Therapy Center(PTC-H). He considered many modes of treating prostate cancer and reported on his findings and experience with his doctors. You should read about his experience especially if you’re trying to decide what mode to use and follow along as he made his decision based on much research to be treated by the PTC-H. Click on this link for a 4 page PDF document with more details. MY PROSTATE CANCER JOURNEY
For a condensed version, a one page document click here. My Journey (condensed) – Ban
Peter Taaffe along with Ban Capron and myself make up the leadership of the ProtonPals non profit organization. Peter and I were in the same class in 2007. Here’s Peter’s story as MDACC Proton Therapy Center published it. Meet Our Survivors: Peter Taaffe
Joe Landry started the ProtonPals in 2007 in a modest way by collecting names and addresses while at the Center. Along the way and years he’s personally talked or written to many newly diagnosed patients and other graduates who were experiencing no side effects or were concerned about the side effects they were experiencing. It’s difficult to quantify how many have used the website as a reference and decision resource but the traffic is over 2000 unique visitors a month. A newsletter is emailed to over 950 persons who sign on. Here’s his story as written up on the MDACC Proton Therapy Center website. updated June 2011. Meet Our Survivors: Joe Landry
Robert Spencer wrote to us in mid August and asked if I would forward an article describing his most recent experience at the Proton Therapy Center. Robert has followed a faithful discipline of good health, physical exercise and monitoring his PSA for the last 25 years. In 2006 he saw a gradual rise in his test results but it was in a normal range based on his age. A routine DRE detected a hard spot on his gland which led him to have a biopsy. Robert says he’d be happy to discuss with anyone that has concerns firstname.lastname@example.org
My Journey – Robert Spencer
Terry’s Journey A new note from Dr. Terry Lavy of the University of Arkansas describes his journey and the memorable and enjoyable experience at the M.D. Anderson Proton Therapy Center. Professor Terry’s Journey
Dr. Walter Atkinson’s Journey My Journey – Walter’s Journey Dr. W’s Journey in Video The video is copyrighted by Hitachi and will stream from their site. Dr. Walter was profiled in the MDACC Proton Therapy Center website. Meet Our Survivors: Walter Atkinson
Man-to-Man If you are considering proton therapy and would like to talk with one of our members you can use the attached contact list. When you reach one of the members you may be asked about your general health, PSA results, pathology results (Gleason Score, T Score). He will tell you about the program and his experiences with M.D. Anderson. For additional information and referals to the center, call toll-free: 1-866-632-4PTC (4782) Person to Person Contact List
We Chose M.D. Anderson
Ban, Peter and I would like to call your attention to 3 video clips that make a strong case for the Proton Center and the M.D. Anderson Cancer that’s consistently top ranked in national surveys. For over six decades, M.D. Anderson has a singular mission of eliminating cancer and these visits fill in the mosaic.
The first video is one of six about Innovations in Cancer Treatment and one of the segments in this video features Dr. Andrew Lee as he speaks about pencil beam therapy.
The second video is one of series named State of Tomorrow that’s also being broadcast on the Houston stations features Dr. Ritsuko Komaki, who was the driving force behind getting the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center’ Proton Therapy Center. This video is called The Cancer Fight, From Hiroshima to Houston Portrait State of Tomorrow Dr Komaki.
The third clip is another State of Tomorrow segment by Dr. James Cox, Head of Radiation Oncology M.D. Anderson Cancer Center reviewing the Future of Cancer Treatment. State of Tomorrow Dr. Cox
Q&A Frequently Asked Question. When you navigate there you’ll be led to the M.D. Anderson Proton Therapy Center site for current content. M.D. Anderson Proton Therapy Center FAQ