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Proton therapy: Hudsonite is the 1,000 patient

Hudson resident Bill Friedlander, 83, celebrated a major milestone when he completed his proton therapy treatment for prostate cancer at the CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center in Warrenville, Ill. Surrounded by friends, family and other patients, Bill was the 1000th patient to be treated at the center and celebrated a special “graduation” ceremony at the center on Wednesday, June 26.

The CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center is Illinois’ first and only proton therapy center. An advanced form of radiation treatment for cancer, proton therapy is especially effective for treating patients with cancer like Bill’s as it allows the maximum delivery of radiation while sparing surrounding healthy tissue.

“I may be lucky enough to be called number 1,000; however, I stand on the shoulders of the 999 people who were treated before me,” Friedlander said. “I am very fortunate to have found this great treatment option and to be able to receive it surrounded by wonderful people, including new friends I’ve met and the wonderful staff at the center.”

Since opening on Oct. 19, 2010, the center has treated patients from 25 states and 10 foreign countries with non-cancerous tumors, as well as cancerous tumors in the brain, breast, central nervous system, head and neck, lung, gastrointestinal tract and prostate, as well as sarcomas and many pediatric cancers. Nearly 150 children have benefitted from proton therapy since the center opened.

“It is heartwarming to talk to men who have completed the treatment, return for annual check-ups, and tell us they have no side effects,” said Sally. “We understand Mayo Clinic is building two proton centers, one in Rochester and one in be completed in 2015.” “Bill’s graduation is an important and exciting milestone for all of us,” said William Hartsell, M.D., medical director of the CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center. “It’s rewarding to be able to bring this advanced treatment to patients with cancer. While we have been successful in treating 1,000 patients, we know there are thousands more that can benefit.”

“When we opened nearly three years ago, our goal was to provide access to proton therapy for those patients for whom this therapy would be most beneficial. Our team is so happy to have been a part of this for so many and we look forward to helping many more patients and their families,” said Chris Chandler, president of the center.

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