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Letters: Prostate cancer treatment

October 16, 2017

After reading Dr. Doug Bush’s great My View on prostate cancer (“How I Lost My Prostate", Sept. 4 ADA News), I wanted the readers to know of another option to treat prostate cancer.

The treatment is proton radiation, and it is often not mentioned by a urologist as a mode of treatment. In 2012, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 54. The diagnosis was terrifying, but being a dentist and research-oriented, I did several months worth of research and decided on proton radiation as the hands-down best option to treat my prostate cancer.

There are very few if any of the side effects  that are prevalent with other forms of treatment. I never had any negative side effects and now, four years post-treatment, enjoy a normal life with no side effects.
With proton centers existing and opening in more and more areas, I feel others should consider proton radiation as an option; for me it was the only option I would consider for prostate cancer.

Dan Hopper, D.D.S.
Rocklin, California