Clio man chooses latest version of cancer radiation therapy at McLaren Proton Therapy Center
Author: Jasmine Brown
“Listen to what the doctor tells you… I’m almost 78 years old and I’m still here.
After more than 40 years in the business, Richard Centilli of Clio, Michigan, normally waits for this year’s latest car models to arrive in the showroom at the dealership where he works. When told he needed treatment for prostate cancer, he didn’t know the last muscle machine available to fight cancer was nearby.
“I was watched for Prostate cancer for 10 years and every time I took a PSA, [the level] got a little worse, ”said Richard. “I think it was around 3 in 2011. In 10 years, it has increased. I believe it was 8.6. [My doctor] took three biopsies over the past 10 years.
“He said they had this machine and it was supposed to work great for what I had, so they were going to use it.”
Richard was referred to Omar Gayar, MD, certified radiation oncologist at McLaren Proton Therapy Center in Flint. Like some, Richard had not heard of proton therapy until he was referred to Dr. Gayar.
“Many patients, like Mr. Centilli, are motivated to treat their prostate cancer aggressively. Of course, at the same time, they are concerned about their quality of life and the side effects of any treatment, ”Dr Gayar said. “Proton therapy offers significant advantages in this regard. It can help target the prostate and dramatically reduce the dose to organs like the bladder and rectum, resulting in far fewer side effects.
Proton therapy, also known as proton beam therapy, is one of the most advanced radiation cancer treatments available. This treatment is non-invasive, patients experience minimal side effects, and proton therapy results in a better quality of life during and after treatment compared to conventional radiotherapy treatments.
“How could I say – it was just a normal life,” said Richard. “I have never experienced anything bad at all. It was like going to work, working eight hours and coming home. I had just come in, done it and come to work. I was there at 8 am every morning. I was out at 8:20 am. It was only a procedure of about 10 minutes, so it didn’t take much time.
In the end, after 44 treatments, Richard says everything is fine.
“I went back to the doctor I had originally seen at McLaren and we went through some things. They did a blood test and it was good. So every six months they will watch it.
“Mr. Centilli had an excellent response very early on after finishing the proton beam therapy,” explained Dr. Gayar.
Richard has some tips for men when it comes to prostate and general health.
“Listen to what the doctor tells you, do what he tells you to do. I had two open heart surgeries, had five bypass surgeries, one pig valve and I am feeling fine. I had part of my intestine and my gallbladder removed. You just do what they tell you and I’m here. I’m almost 78 years old and I’m still here.
To learn more about proton therapy treatments for prostate cancer, watch this video.
Request more information or an appointment at the McLaren Proton Therapy Center by visiting mclaren.org/proton_forme.