Patient Stories

Every story deserves to be told. Salivary gland cancer survivor Jill Fortson credits her care team for having the expertise and the necessary tools to give her the best cancer care possible.

Patients share their success stories with proton therapy and talk about the benefits it can provide to other patients with cancer in the state of Georgia.

As with all treatments, individual patient results vary. It is important to discuss your cancer treatment options with your physician.

 

Jill Fortson

Jill Fortson was diagnosed with a salivary gland cancer and referred to Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. She needed surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. A team of Winship experts worked together to coordinate her care, including proton therapy at the Emory Proton Therapy Center. Fortson credits her care team for having the expertise and the necessary tools to give her the best cancer care possible.

Zack Usilton

Proton therapy gave Zack Usilton his best shot at treating a spinal tumor that had come back. Zack was one of the first patients at the Emory Proton Therapy Center when it opened in 2018. The treatments, every weekday for six weeks, took less than one hour of his day and gave Zack the greatest odds of a long life with his wife and children.

Stephen Brinkman

Stephen Brinkman, a 36-year old father from Columbus, Georgia, is one of the more than 100 patients who have been treated at the Emory Proton Therapy Center since it opened in December 2018. He completed six weeks of proton therapy to treat a brain tumor.

Gene "Dusty" Milner

Dusty was diagnosed with prostate cancer, an uncontrolled growth of cells in the prostate gland. Upon further consultation and research, he was treated with proton therapy and is excited to see an advanced form of radiation therapy become available at the Emory Proton Therapy Center.

Kennedy Seaborn

As an infant, Kenney's parents knew that she needed the best care for her glioblastoma, a cancer that can spread to multiple regions within the brain. Kennedy was treated with proton therapy and her parents are grateful to have the Emory Proton Therapy Center available in Atlanta, Georgia for others seeking treatment closer to home.

Jack Watson

Jack Watson was diagnosed with prostate cancer after an annual checkup led him to having a biopsy. He credits his proton therapy treatment to having less side-effects during and after treatment, and is excited to have a precise and powerful option become available to others seeking proton therapy in the state of Georgia.

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