This is GREAT NEWS for all of those Patients who are denied coverage for Proton Therapy even though they have this treatment in their policies. (Johns doctor had to go back and forth with our insurance carrier and prove that Proton Therapy had to be done as it was better for him than radiation or surgery.) In the end they agreed with our doctor and allowed the treatment. This should not be an issue IF a doctor says it is necessary for any patient IF it is covered in their policy. I always wondered how an insurance company can decide which is best for you.
Some important facts to review if you are denied coverage ~ Top 10 Myths about Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer.
MedPage Today recently published an article telling the story of a retired plastic surgeon’s nightmare. Dr. Fred Becker, Jr. was especially cautious because his father and older brother died from prostate cancer and another brother, who died from cardiovascular disease, also had prostate cancer.
Dr. Becker was initially diagnosed with low risk, low volume, Gleason 6 cancer. But a mistake was later made on follow-up testing. His MRI records were accidentally switched and he was told he had aggressive cancer that needed aggressive treatment.
Thanks to the Brotherhood of the Balloon for the article
Click the link below to read the full story.
Special Reports > A Patient's Journey
Men, Beware of Biopsies for Prostate Cancer Dx
Physicians often downplay the risks
John has talked to many people in the last year - we are so happy we can help others with our success and yours too. In the event you are denied coverage, please read this article.
Source LA Times
By MELISSA HEALY
MAY 08, 2018 | 8:00 AM
Experts have new advice on prostate cancer screening. Here's why they put it back on the table
In a shift that puts early detection of prostate cancer back on the agenda of middle-aged men and their doctors, a federal panel of experts is recommending that men ages 55 to 69 weigh the potential harms and benefits of prostate cancer screening and judge whether getting tested feels right to them.
In an effort to help newly diagnosed men and shed light on the misinformation about proton therapy in the media, we ran a series of articles about the ten most common misrepresentations, or "myths," about proton therapy for prostate cancer. In our "Mythbuster Series" below, we set the record straight based on facts, published data, and our own patient surveys.
Two new studies are bursting the bubble about the value of screening men for prostate cancer.
In 2010, I wrote a free book on prostate cancer testing with two colleagues, Alex Barratt (an epidemiologist) and Martin Stockler (a clinical oncologist), Let sleeping dogs lie? What men should know before getting tested for prostate cancer. It has been downloaded just short of 38,000 times, the highest of any item in Sydney University’s open access repository.
What not to do before a PSA test includes a list of things to avoid doing before a PSA test because they can affect your results. To preserve and maintain prostate health, men are urged to get a PSA (prostate specific antigen) screening test. PSA testing is just one tool men can choose to help them check up on their prostate health.
Although the PSA test can be very helpful, it is not a perfect test.
About the Prostate
The more you know about the normal development and function of the prostate, where it’s located, and what it’s attached to, the better you can understand how prostate cancer develops and impacts a man’s life over time—due either to cancer growth or as a result of treatments.
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Prostate Cancer Risk Factors
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You’ve had the PSA test – or more likely, several of them – plus the digital rectal exam, and one or both of these suggested that you needed a Biopsy. The biopsy was not fun, but you did it, and then you waited for a Pathologist to look at the tiny, needle-sized cores of tissue removed from your prostate. Maybe you managed to forget about it while you were waiting – maybe you feel perfectly healthy, and this all seemed surreal. Or maybe you let some dark thoughts creep in, and you started thinking about cancer and remembering everyone you ever know who has had cancer and not done very well. The waiting’s over now. Your doctor has just given you the news: there’s cancer in there. What are you going to do?
The very first thing you should do is, don’t panic.