Lucille Price, Gynecologic Patient

 

patient-lucille.jpg78-year-old Lucille Price of Cecil County, Maryland was enjoying her retirement by traveling, shopping and staying active with her church.

Then, in 2012, she was diagnosed with vulvar cancer. She went through several surgeries but the cancer kept coming back. By May 2016, she had reached stage 4.

Her pastor encouraged her to talk to her doctor about proton therapy. When Lucille found out that proton therapy can minimize the radiation dose to your kidneys, resulting in fewer side effects, she decided it was the right choice for her.

During her treatment, several women from church took turns making the 1-hour drive with Lucille to the Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC). After treatment each day, Lucille was able to continue with her church activities and spend time with her house mate, a younger woman from the Phillipines who came to Maryland as a missionary.

“The plan was to have her live with me for 6-months, but 5 years later she’s still here!” Lucille laughs.

When she completes treatment, Lucille looks forward to traveling again. She has been to Alaska, Arizona, Utah, Tennessee and St. Marten. She hopes for another trip soon to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

“I love driving through the mountains, I could go there for every vacation!”

From the physician, Dr. Zeljko Vujaskovic:

“For gynecological patients such as Lucille, proton therapy is a great option. Proton therapy spares the nearby healthy organs and tissues, meaning it has less of an effect on your urinary and bowel function as compared to traditional x-ray radiation.”

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