After a routine visit to his urologist in 2016, 64-year-old Fred Duncan discovered he had prostate cancer. A local support group in Houston suggested he visit The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for treatment. After discussing his options there, Fred chose proton therapy because of its ability to precisely target the tumor in his prostate and destroy cancer cells without harming surrounding healthy tissue and organs.
Fred was encouraged to learn that with early detection, prostate cancer has a five-year survival rate of nearly 99 percent.
Over the course of eight weeks, Fred completed 39 treatments at the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center. Due to minimal side effects, he was able to continue his active lifestyle. He even became involved in ProtonPals, the patient support and outreach group. As the lead coordinators for ProtonPals, Fred and his wife, Judy, organize weekly dinners and lunches for those receiving treatment at the Proton Therapy Center. “We are glad to help others in their successful journey with their treatment and healing,” Fred said.
Today, Fred is back to hiking, walking, hunting, fly fishing, field trials with his Labrador and traveling Texas.