Life is a race.
Whether you are a professional athlete who trains on a daily basis or you are a patient learning to use the right kind of physical therapy equipment, there is always something to be said for supporting others in your effort to achieve your own goals. And if you are a patient in the middle of a long list of required visits to a cancer treatment center then you understand the task of working toward a long term goal.
Unfortunately, there are many health conditions that do not have an easy fix. Some conditions, in fact, have no permanent fix at all. Patients who visit cancer treatment centers not only need personal stamina, they also need the guidance and support of medical experts, as well as family and friends. From breast cancer specialists to staff who provide advanced cancer treatment options for the most challenging of situations, the medical staff and the facility that you decide to work with will have an impact on your success. Likewise, it is important to have a support system of friends, family, and coworkers who can help you manage the cancer treatment therapy that you are scheduled for.
Consider some of these facts and figures about the available types of radiation treatment for cancers that are used in the race against cancer that many patients are facing:
- When compared to X-rays, proton therapy decreases the radiation dose to gastrointestinal structures by at least 59%.
- Although the actual time spent delivering the protons to the tumor is generally only about a minute or two, proton treatment session generally takes 15 to 45 minutes.
- More than 30 particle therapy centers, with a total of about 80 treatment rooms, were under construction worldwide at the beginning of the year 2015.
- Wth 94% of men reporting that they remain sexually active after treatment, studies have found that prostate cancer patients treated using proton therapy method have a significantly reduced risk of impotence. This is the result of proton therapy’s targeted approach.
If you find yourself in the middle of a race against cancer, you likely understand the value of medical professionals and a strong support system.