I am 52 years old, Gleeson 6, psa before biopsy was 4.07 total, T1C stage.
A couple of days ago I visited the Proton Therapy center at NorthWestern in Chicago.
Has anyone had there treatments done there and can you share your experiences.
Also I was wondering what kind of side effects did you get from your treatment, short and long term.
I can travel to any Proton center in the country so I just trying to determine the methods that are being used at each faciltiy and which was is the safest for the patient for short term and long term side effects.
I.E Loma Linda uses the balloon, more treatments at a lower dosage, they make a special molded to position in place.
NorthWestern uses a hydro gel spacer instead of the balloon, they insert gold seeds into the prostate to determine where to apply the radiation and they use a higher dosage of radiation and less treatments.
I have been talking to the intake nurses at these centers and I am not really getting a clear answers on which method is least likely to expose the patient to fewer side effects. My guess is the method used by Loma Linda is the one that is the safest for the patient. Unforturnatlely Loma Linda is a stickler with my BCBS but I have been approved here in Illinois where I reside.