Patient Celebrates 100th Birthday After Completing Proton Therapy
January 20, 2017 from Scripps Health
One of the unique properties of proton therapy is the lack of a signifigant exit dose. This opens up oppurtunities for patients that have already recieved radiation, to possibly re-irratiate areas that could be damaged with conventional X-ray treatments.
This was the case for Mr. Ben Schulman, who recently turned 100 during the last week of his proton treatment. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1992, which spread to his spine. He was treated twice with X-ray radiation successfully, but in 2016 a second tumor appeared. Not wanting to risk bone destruction, he was to begin proton therapy.
Recently, Mr. Schulman finished his treatment and celebrated his 100th birthday at the Scripps Proton Center in San Diego. He hopes to resume playing golf twice a week!
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