When patients complete cancer treatment at ProCure Proton Therapy Center, they get a new title: graduate.
A small celebration is held to congratulate patients who graduate from proton therapy, a treatment that first became available in Oklahoma in July 2009.
Dick Marshall is graduate No. 30.
"I have eliminated prostate cancer," Marshall said. "It's a great thing."
Marshall was among the center's first patients and now one of its biggest advocates. He chose the therapy over other forms of radiation after seeing how a friend responded to proton treatment at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Close to home
The Oklahoma City man said he was glad to find treatment closer to home so he could continue his work as a Realtor. The ProCure center is at 5901 W Memorial Road.
"This sounds strange, but I almost looked forward to going to treatment," Marshall said. "They have the most caring, compassionate staff I have ever encountered."
About 150 patients from 15 states have been treated at ProCure, including 109 for prostate cancer, 26 for brain tumors and 14 children. The center also has developed new treatment protocols for gastrointestinal cancers that will be used by centers across the country, Medical Director Dr. Sameer Keole said.