When 60-year-old Keith Eades was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he wasn’t satisfied with the option of surgery recommended by his physician. After much research, he chose proton therapy, a type of targeted radiation treatment that allowed him to continue his active lifestyle and experience limited side effects from treatment.
“There have been zero, I mean zero side effects from proton therapy,” said Eades. “I may be the person most in love with proton therapy in the world.”
Even as the lump on Lucas Jones’s lower abdomen did not respond to antibiotics and grew at an alarming rate, his parents didn’t imagine cancer.
“It was a shock,” said Robert Jones, eight-year-old Lucas’s father and son of Knoxville music store owner Bill Jones.
A recently released national survey reported that men treated for prostate cancer who received proton therapy experienced significantly better quality of life during and after treatment than those treated with surgery or traditional x-ray therapy. The survey carried out via phone and online, by Bryant Research profiled 755 men, ages 50-75, who were surveyed at least 12 months after treatment.
Patients who received proton therapy were significantly more likely than those who received brachytherapy, surgery or traditional x-ray therapy to report treatment did not interfere with sexual function. They also described feeling better during treatment and better outcomes with respect to urinary function, bowel function, digestive function and the ability to stay active.
At the premiere conference for radiation oncology, Provision will unveil plans and a progress report for expansion and release results of a patient survey that confirms proton therapy’s benefit for cancer patients.
The annual meeting for the American Society for Radiation Oncology, or ASTRO, begins Sunday in Boston. The conference attracts more than 10,000 attendees from the radiation oncology community—from physicians to instrument makers. Provision Healthcare is an event sponsor and be at the trade show – Booth #12091.
Are you eating clean? What does that mean? Does it mean you’ve washed your food or your hands? Bought organic or grass-fed? Why is it important?
Here’s the truth: Clean eating is the concept of eating whole unprocessed foods, the way nature delivers them. It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. It’s being mindful of food and how it’s prepared one meal at a time.
Erven Williams spent his career at TVA as a systems engineer in in dam safety and water management. If he hadn’t committed to early screening for prostate cancer, he might not be enjoying retirement now.
Williams, who is black, lost both his father and grandfather to prostate cancer. He says, “It is so important that males do get a PSA checkup because the earlier you catch it, the better your chances are of being cured. And for African-Americans it’s even more important. It affects us more; it’s more aggressive.”
For 12 years now, Eddie Check has been giving men in East Tennessee the opportunity to take control of their prostate health … for free.
Tupelo knows all about fans. There are 85,000 people who visit the small, Mississippi town each year to see where the “King of Rock ‘n Roll,” Elvis Presley, was born.
But Tupelo is home to another fan base too. A growing number of local residents are making the journey to Provision Center for Proton Therapy and spreading the word.
And it all started with Elvis.