Science and Health
Over the past 25 years scientists have developed a tremendous technology to treat cancer. Proton Technology is now being used at about 27 institutions around the nation. One of the leaders is the Mayo Clinic at its clinics in Rochester Minnesota and Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona and soon Jacksonville Florida. This very personal background paper is written by TCI President Jack Cox who was diagnosed with prostate cancer and who has undergone Proton Therapy at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona describes this technology and its use in confronting cancer.
Jack Nicklaus, the Golfing legend once remarked "Crises are part of life. Everybody has to face them, and it doesn't make any difference what the crisis is." All of us live our lives and, too often, the greatest crisis we face could be being late for a movie or forgetting to pick up the laundry. However, eventually all of us will face major challenges, crises, or fears that will shake our very being.
One of our greatest crisis or fears is being diagnosed with cancer. As one expert noted “It is normal to have a degree of fear of diseases and, but everyone dreads getting any form of cancer.” In fact, the fear of getting cancer is called Carcinophobiareferring to the irrational and extreme fear of getting cancer. That fear can become a reality when you are diagnosed with Cancer.
Dealing with cancer is a challenge. This short backgrounder provides a perspective and references the impact and use of new technologies in fighting cancer. The backgrounder notes the importance for people to be their own health care advocates and to educate themselves. Health and wellness starts with each ofus!