Our patients share how life was before, during and after their proton treatment. Learn more about why they chose proton therapy.
Gerard First with his wife, three daughters and five-year-old grandson. Read his story below.
When Gerard, a 57-year-old Houston resident, visited his primary care physician for an annual check-up in 2007, he discovered his PSA level was slightly elevated for his age and was referred to a urologist. After an initial negative biopsy and another year with an elevated PSA, his doctor took another biopsy. It too was negative.
“You must investigate and understand the pros and cons of every treatment option appropriate for your stage of the disease. And if it were me, I wouldn’t walk; I would run to the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center.”
When a nagging cough led to the discovery of large b-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Richmond, Texas resident Molly Allen sought the guidance of the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center to treat the cancer with little interruption to her daily life.
“I had very few side effects during proton treatment, and that helped me keep up with my busy life and five kids.”
One year after brain surgery, 14-year-old champion gymnast Hailey Strole headed back to the gym determined to conquer her favorite event, the uneven bars. Little did she know she would have to battle a recurring tumor that could have dashed her dreams of earning a college scholarship for gymnastics.
Her search for a treatment that would allow her to continue competing led her to The University of Texas MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center. Due to the complex location of the tumor, Hailey was a good candidate for proton therapy.
In 2007, a year after surviving bladder cancer, 37-year-old Chuck Martinez received devastating news at a follow-up appointment. A routine chest X-ray revealed a mass in his right lung, which turned out to be stage IIIA non-small-cell lung cancer.
“All I needed to hear was that proton therapy would target my lung tumor while protecting my esophagus and heart.”