Court Nederveld receives disturbing news. His PSA scores are climbing, a precursor to possible prostate cancer. He discovers that the path from this information to a solution is mysterious and not a straight line. The diagnosis is confirmed, prostate cancer. Where to go from here?
A crash research project unveils a perplexing mix of possible treatment actions. The concluding results of these treatments all point to positive cancer outcomes. However there is another side to the issue that soon becomes the elephant in the room. Quality of Life after treatment is a controversial discussion. Which protocol offers the best opportunity to live out a normal life?
The first urologist recommendation was for Prostatectomy, a big word that means a surgeon will gut him like a fish and cut out the prostate. For many men, surgery is a way to get the cancer out. Court investigates eleven different treatment protocols and weighs the pros and cons along with the side effects, both short term and for the rest of his life. Never a fan of invasive surgery nor missing body parts, the focus quickly moved away from surgery.
The decision is finally reached and Proton Beam Radiation Therapy is at the top of the list for minimally invasive procedure and negligible side effects. Conversations with University Florida Proton Therapy Institute are undertaken, tests performed and a treatment plan laid out.
Court decided for reasons of keeping his sanity during this time to journal his experience daily as he underwent thirty-nine radiation treatments over eight weeks. Journal entries chronicle his journey from diagnosis and despair through treatment and a positive outcome.
Court is now living his life as it was prior to his cancer determination. Results of Proton Beam Therapy for Court resulted in no urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and no erectile dysfunction. He offers to continue to hold up Proton Beam Therapy as a valid treatment for future prostate cancer patients.
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A JOURNAL ABOUT PROSTATE CANCER AND PROTONS? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Prostate Cancer – Surgery not Required