The first indication of a problem came during a routine physical, when his primary care doctor detected that Gil was breathing irregularly. She referred him for imaging which revealed his lung cancer.
As he weighed his treatment options, Gil was reminded of a local news story he’d recently seen about the newly opened New York Proton Center in Manhattan. So he phoned and left a message for its Chief Medical Officer and internationally renowned lung cancer expert, Dr. Charles Simone—expecting the receptionist would call back a few days later to set up an appointment. But in fact, the call came that very night.
From Dr. Simone, himself.
“That was so impressive. My original surgeon had spent a grand total of about 10 minutes with me, then sent me on my way. But here was Dr. Simone, the head of the whole center, personally calling me at home. Completely unheard of.”