Tuesday, October 9, 2018

10 Years Prostate Cancer Free after Proton Beam Therapy!!!

Expressing good news makes this even more delightful. New results of recent PSA tests show that proton therapy continuing its good results.  PSA is .7!  Basically no change. Hurrah!    I ended my sessions of proton therapy over 10 years and 6 months ago.  No side effects and great blood panel results recently.  

On proton therapy: There is a significant difference between standard (x-ray) radiation treatment and proton therapy. If given in sufficient doses, x-ray radiation techniques will control many cancers. But, because of the physician's inability to adequately conform the irradiation pattern to the cancer, healthy tissues may receive a similar dose and can be damaged. Consequently, a less- than-desired dose is frequently used to reduce damage to healthy tissues and avoid unwanted side effects. The power of protons is that higher doses of radiation can be used to control and manage cancer while significantly reducing damage to healthy tissue and vital organs. read more here http://www.proton-therapy.org/howit.htm

  If you are recently diagnose with prostate cancer feel free to drop me a note.   curtispoling@gmail.com

Sunday, October 15, 2017

What’s ten years’ worth?

What’s ten years’ worth?  10 years ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer! I was lucky having checked my PSA test back then and catching the cancer early. I was able to do something about it. A recent test last month showed my cancer in complete remission (.58 PSA) 10 years later. This after receiving 45 sessions of proton radiation at Loma Linda. Advice! Get checked for PSA (Men), Mammograms, Colonoscopy and see a dermatologist for any anomalies. What’s ten years’ worth? 3650 days of beautiful life with support from friends and new friends, family, children and my lovely wife. Get checked folks! Good health to you all!

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.  http://www.seattletimes.com/life/wellness/a-night-at-prostate-club-where-men-bond-over-balloons-and-extra-time/

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. curtispoling@gmail.com

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  curtispoling@gmail.com   

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.  http://www.redjournal.org/article/S0360-3016%2813%2903310-5/abstract#.VJRIwtbDHXY.facebook

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