Every year at his annual checkup, Tony’s PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels were increasing. Once he reached a level of 12 his doctor requested additional tests. His urologist’s diagnosis: prostate cancer. Considering himself a healthy and active person, Tony had trouble accepting it.
Tony’s urologist recommended surgery to remove the cancer.
“It seemed barbaric to have surgery,” Tony said. “I knew there had to be other options.”
In the course of researching those options, Tony went to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. There, they recommended proton therapy because it could deliver a high dose of radiation to the tumor while minimizing exposure to the rest of his body. After completing 40 treatments over the course of eight weeks, Tony beat his prostate cancer.
For Tony, being able to maintain his quality of life was essential. Throughout his proton therapy treatment he was able to keep working as a network engineer and stay active by swimming daily. Additionally, he continues to serve as the musical director at his church.
While a patient at the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center, Tony joined a support group called ProtonPals and enjoyed weekly dinners with fellow patients. He’s thankful for the support of the group, and for the lifelong friends he made there.