Monday, November 21, 2016


The results showed that men who were treated with proton therapy for prostate cancer had the same urinary and rectal quality of life scores as men who didn't even have prostate cancer.
Don't let anyone rush you into making a decision that will have consequences for the rest of your life.


Fatigue is minimal or non-existent. (I treated an avid cyclist a few years back who rode his bicycle over a thousand miles during the nine weeks he was receiving treatment).
Rectal symptoms are almost unheard of (since such a small volume of the rectum is receiving radiation - basically just the part immediately adjacent to the prostate). Urinary irritative symptoms may occur over the same time course as they do with X-ray treatment, although they are generally less severe than with X-rays.
Multiple epidemiologic studies have shown that there is only a minimal increase in the risk of radiation induced cancers with protons as opposed to x-rays - likely due to the much smaller volume of tissue receiving any radiation dose. The few side effects men do have, usually resolve within a few weeks after proton irradiation is over. 


We pooled our data with various cancer centers in order to study about 1,000 patients who had been treated for prostate cancer with Proton Beam Therapy and compared their Quality of Life scores (in the domains of urinary and bowel function) with those of a control group of men who had no treatment (because they didn't have prostate cancer).
The EPIC questionnaire was completed by all men every three months from the beginning of treatment until at least one year after treatment.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A night at Prostate Club, where men bond over balloons and ‘extra time’

Joseph Huang, left, and Robert Bangs chat during a Prostate Club dinner gathering. (Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)The title of above comes from an article in Seattle Times dated September 9, 2016. The story captures the anxiety of first days of proton treatment for prostate cancer and its journey as it was also mine. The story parallels those many times before that face these anxious times.  

 As it quotes: Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men, with more than 180,000 new cases and 26,000 deaths per year, according to the American Cancer Society. Six in 10 cases are diagnosed in men aged 65 and over. “When you first talk to them, they’re at wits end and dying to get some answers,” “They don’t know who else to talk to.

Here is the article.

Monday, August 29, 2016

No Regrets being Treated with Proton Therapy ...8 years later!!!

Eight (8) Years Free of Cancer

Eight Years after Cancer!
Today its remarkable that proton therapy has been so generous in providing eight years free of cancer and no side effects.  Proton Therapy enabled to ability to lead a normal life for all these years. 

 If  you are recently diagnosed with prostate cancer and you chance to find this blog do your due diligence and reach out to other past patients of proton therapy and of other treatments.  My story worked for me.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Proton Therapy Treatment for Prostate Cancer Seven Years Later !!

PSA results today continued to stay low at .77!!(was 5.8 at start of journey)   I was so happy I called Loma Linda Proton Center directly to thank them and Dr. Jabola for a job well done with my treatment. Seven years ago this week I was experiencing proton therapy for the first time and truly unsure of the result. My best friend and wife "Tracy" supported in my absence for a few months keeping all our business in order. I was fortunate to have the support of my parents who visited me and outpouring of support from the family and friends.   

Since then the promenade (I mentioned at the start of this journey) has been that in my life.  Travels to Korea, China and Prague  and countless meetings with other cancer patients and associates across the globe have been a humbling experience. 

I was younger at 53 then and now 60.  Proton worked well for me and yes, no side effects and some way enjoying life more. In addition to travels in proton advocacy I keep up a stride to assist companies find capital if possible from Asia to here in the US.  I also dabble in farming on our families pine plantations and trying out the waters with an Olive Tree Orchard soon.

Please feel free to send me an email on your journey with cancer!  
Surviving Proton Cancer Patient: Curtis Poling   

Friday, December 19, 2014

Excellent Outcomes With Proton Therapy in Prostate Cancer

A new study shows "extremely high efficacy" in 5-year outcomes for patients in all risk categories treated with proton-beam therapy. The 5-year rates of freedom from biochemical and/or clinical progression were 99% in low-risk patients, 99% in inte rmediate-risk patients, and 76% in high-risk patients.
The 5-year overall survival rates were 93%, 88%, and 90%, respectively, for the 3 risk categories.
The study was published in the March 1 issue of the International Journal of Radiation * Oncology * Biology * Physics.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

PTC is leading the way in pencil beam scanning

Iva Tatounova-Curtis Poling-Lucie Kleckova at PTCC 

Continuing my journey with proton therapy I visited this newest Proton Therapy Center   in Prague Czech Republic.  PTCC is one of the leaders using the most sophisticated Pencil Beam Scanning (PBS) delivery technique for treating a variety of cancers. Physics group has had very extensive experiences and technical expertise in commissioning and implementing the excellent quality assurance for PBS in three of their treatment rooms. Most centers experiences have been limited to the Uniform Scanning (US) and Double Scattering (DS) modalities so far. Other centers across the globe are observing the clinical cases and have learned a very valuable information from the very experienced clinical and physics staff of PTCC. This equates to highly accurate delivery and higher dosages of treatment without side effects of traditional forms of radiation. 

Continuing  journey as a global advocate for proton therapy I was honored to tour this amazing advanced center for cancer proton center.  The center's founders Pavel & Vaclav Lastovka have implemented the most advanced proton center in the world.  Emphasis on pediatrics and many cancers that proton patients will benefit.  Considering costs for proton therapy this center is lowest costs in the world and recently introduced hyperfractinated treatments of early stage proton with only 5 dosages (5 days).  Amazing center!!  Please write me at

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer is the Magic Bullet!

Proton Therapy Journey continues!  

It's been a while since I posted PSA results or moderated thoughts.  Today it has been 6 years and 3 months since my last trip to a proton therapy gantry.  It's been over 6 years ago when my PSA had tripled alarmingly over 8 months at a high of 5.8.  It was mid fall Nov 1, 2007 when I received the dreadful news that I had cancer.   I was then encouraged as a perfect candidate for surgery, or IMRT, brachytherapy or combintaton of IMRT and  brachytherapy.  I was anxious during that time and recall side effects of increased urgency in urination and symptoms of early Erectile dysfunction.  It was a confusing time coping with the diagnosis, facing possible surgery at urologist's recommendation, or some form of radiation.  I was 52 when they symptoms started and 53 when diagnosed.  Urologists and my General Practitioner concurred if untreated at my age or consider watchful waiting I would succumb and die from prostate cancer at an early age. The concept of surgery and its side effects made me sick to my stomach.  You see I never faced any serious illness or past surgery and couldn't fathom the long recovery of possibly only being a shadow of myself after the surgery.   IMRT or some variation was my early thought and yet concerned of its possible outcome.  I investigated Cyberknife and was discouraged even by practitioners then in multiple locations that long term benefits were too early to predict for men my age.     

I discovered proton therapy early on and encouraged by positive reports by thousands of proton patients with organizations like Brotherhood of the Balloon and having fewer side effects and maintaining a normal life.  My urologists indicated it was not readily available and experimental.  Oncologists locally indicated proton was over the top for my cancer and yet they were a branch of MD Anderson and had access to proton.  I forged on and eventually was treated with 45 sessions of PBT over 8 weeks. Being away from home and managing our small business was difficult.  Tracy my loving wife kept all our affairs together during my treatment. Without her support, proton therapy was not possible, and yet she knew the long term benefit. 

 Flash forward today my PSA is now at  .059 !!!...yes that's true.  It dropped even lower over the last year.  Clinically, I am considered cured by my insurance provider and local practitioners.  I even decided after all these years to do a comphrensive bone scan.  Guess what... All clear.   And even more importantly I never had a side effect and my frequent urination disappeared and no signs of Erectile dysfunction.   Never lost any function, no loss of career and no loss of love and affection with my spouse.   

Trip to Beijing with Noah 2012 seeking
Proton funding for US center
Today I have been blessed having travelled extensively globally promoting proton therapy.  I have heard exceptionally powerful stories of conviction of seeking out proton therapy with patients traveling halfway across the globe for proton treatment.  Their stories are mentioned in this Asia blog 

So for me proton was the magic bullet.  Is it worth the costs?  Ask the patient.  Good health to all.  Curtis Poling, successfully treated with PBT.  


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