Upon learning of his diagnosis, Bill at first gravitated toward a common radiation treatment for prostate cancer known as CyberKnife. But he was advised to explore other options by his brother-in-law, a former New York Times reporter who had himself survived prostate cancer and—after interviewing nearly 20 oncologists—concluded that proton therapy appeared to be a safer and more effective option.
Perhaps most tellingly, even Bill’s local urologist in Puerto Vallarta—despite being in a position to perform (and profit from) other popular prostate cancer treatments like surgical prostatectomy or HIFU—steered him toward proton therapy instead.
Having made his decision, Bill first investigated proton centers in nearby Phoenix and Southern California. But ultimately, he chose the newly opened New York Proton Center in New York City, mainly due to an “incredibly informative” phone consultation with Dr. Shaakir Hasan, an attending radiation oncologist at the center.
“I liked him a lot,” Bill says. “He had this ability to clearly articulate the protocol and the procedures. He gave me a real sense of trust.”