Proton Beam Therapy Blog
Februay 8, 2017
Getting Insurance to Pay for Proton Therapy
For all medical issues, insurance is a critical consideration, such that in my book I have two chapters on the subject. For those who prefer to do their own research or aren't able to benefit fro what I have written, I have included in the discussion below the general principles and links to the sources I found helpful.
February 1, 2017
The Superiority of Proton Therapy
Proton beam therapy is the wave of the future because of its accuracy and reduced side effects. Can x-rays and surgery achieve the same results? Some radiologists make that claim, but the statistics say otherwise. Urologists often call surgery the "gold standard," yet that does not prove to be the case. Some critics say protons are unproven, een though 160,000 people have been treated worldwide and new centers are being built all around the country at great cost.
January 1, 2017
It all started with my PSA numbers
Prostate problems are usually diagnosed based on increasing PSA numbers (Prostate Specific Antigen). The PSA, a protein, is an antigenic enzyme released by the prostate and found in abnormally high concentrations in the blood of men with prostate cancer. An antigen is any substance that causes an immune system to produce antibodies against it. Usually the response is very specific which can idetify the source, in this case, the prostate. A simple blood test can determine the PSA. Any amount could imply a problem, but a low number can often go untreated for a long time. Thus, one approach to a rising PSA number is called watchful waiting. In many cases, some response is eventually needed. Responding too soon or two aggresively may not comprise medical necessity.
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