I really want to encourage men choosing Proton Beam Therapy for Prostate Cancer to become members of the Brotherhood of the Balloon. I joined just a couple of months ago and have found the information and stories presented in the monthly members newsletters to be incredibly helpful and extremely ‘level-headed’. It is so encouraging to hear about men who received this treatment more than ten years ago and whose quality of life remains truly dynamic.
Even if Proton Beam Therapy is just one of the options you are considering I urge you to read Bob Marckini’s “You Can Beat Prostate Cancer”
Reading about the rapidly increasing popularity of Proton Beam Therapy in recent Brotherhood of the Balloon newsletters reinforces just how lucky I have been in a) living so close to Mass General Hospital where one of the five US Proton Beam Centers is located, b) having to spend less than 2 months on the waiting list, and c) having doctors who discovered my cancer early enough to create a high probability of successful treatment.
So here’s an interesting question. My treatment is due to start on September 4th. At my treatment planning session I asked my radiation oncologist Dr Shipley about ‘the balloon’ – and, to my surprise he said, “We’re not using it anymore at MGH.” (Just as I was getting myself used to the idea:-) Does anyone else have information about this?? And how can I qualify for full membership in BOB if there’s no balloon?
Answers to the above gratefully accepted in ‘Comments’.
(Thank you Bob for your kind words about this blog)