Bryan Massengale, of Dayton, Tennessee, stands on his family’s 100-year-old farm that he borrowed money against in order to get proton therapy treatments for prostate cancer.
The Shopper News published an article this week about a Dayton, Tennessee man who went to great lengths to take his health into his own and fight for the cancer treatment he felt was best for him – proton therapy. Bryan Massengale has been a public school teacher for 30 years in Rhea County and is a bassonist with the Tennessee Wind Symphony. At his young age, he wanted the most effective and least damaging treatment possible for his prostate cancer. When faced with the options given to him by doctors, he instead chose proton therapy, but had to borrow money against his family’s 100-year-old farm to afford treatments. The insurance he’d been paying into for 30 years of his career refused to pay for proton therapy treatments at the nearest treatment center at the time in Jacksonville, Florida. Click here to read his compelling story.
Provision visited WATE Channel 6 for a one-on-one interview with anchor Lori Tucker. We discussed proton therapy, what it means for East Tennessee and cleared up some misconceptions about cost and the efficacy of treatments. The pending legislation that is currently before Tennessee lawmakers was also discussed. Passage of this legislation would require Tennessee insurers to cover Tennesseans for proton therapy treatments. As it now stands, if you live in Tennessee and are between the ages of 19 and 64, you are not covered for this unique treatment option. However, citizens of neighboring states like Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia or Florida, are covered and are traveling to East Tennessee to receive treatments. Please help us make sure this treatment option is available to all Tennesseans who desperately need it. Urge Tennessee lawmakers to vote YES on House Bill 264 and Senate Bill 435. Go to www.capitol.tn.gov to locate your Representative.
News clip from WKRN: Olympic Gold medalist and Provision Center for Proton Therapy board member Scott Hamilton visited Capitol Hill in Nashville to encourage lawmakers to support insurance coverage of proton therapy.
Did You Know . . .
Proton Therapy is the most advanced form of cancer treatment in the world, and now Tennessee has the Provision Center for Proton Therapy located in Knoxville. Our Tennessee proton center is one of only 14 operational centers in the nation. However, due to decisions by insurance carriers in Tennessee, if you are between the ages of 19 to 64, you are not covered for this unique treatment option. If you live in a neighboring state like Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia or Florida, you are covered and you can come to our center in Tennessee to receive treatment.
Help us make sure that this treatment option is available to ALL Tennesseans that need it. Call or email your representative today and encourage them to VOTE YES on Senate Bill 435 and House Bill 264.
Marcio Fagundes, M.D., board certified radiation oncologist and medical director of the Provision Center for Proton Therapy, knows a thing or two about prostate cancer. In this video blog, he answers the most common questions asked about the screening tests used to detect prostate cancer:
What is a PSA screening? (Hint: It does not take place at an airport.)
What is a normal PSA range? (Hint: Higher is NOT better!)
What is a Gleason Score? (Hint: It has nothing to do with Jackie Gleason.)
For more information on PSA testing or to learn more about proton therapy, call 855-566-1600 or visit ProvisionProton.com
Prostate cancer survivor Gordon Webster of Kingston, Tenn., knows about proton therapy firsthand and he is more than willing to tell anyone about it who will listen! Nothing is more beneficial than talking to others who have gone through the experience and Provision Center for Proton Therapy has an army of Ambassadors who volunteer their time to support and educate others on what to expect. Webster enthusiastically shares his experience in the above video.
When considering cancer treatment, side effects and outcomes are of major concern. A non-invasive treatment, proton therapy has become a trusted method for accurately targeting tumors and minimizing damage to healthy tissues, thus having a positive impact on reduced side effects and improved quality of life.
As a non-invasive treatment, patients are able to remain relatively active during and after their treatment, which allows patients at the Provision Center for Proton Therapy to use the wellness facility on our campus, take advantage of Knoxville’s recreational opportunities and explore beautiful East Tennessee.
“Like many of us, you have to take charge of your own healthcare and learn that proton therapy is the better treatment for the vast majority of prostate cancer patients,” said Webster.
To request more information about proton therapy treatments visit provisionproton.com by clicking here.