• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Proton Beam Therapy at the Right Time for Jackson

July 10, 2016

patient Jackson Fisher smiling and sitting at an outdoor restaurant table

For two weeks, 14-year-old Jackson Fisher was plagued by headaches, double-vision, nausea and weight loss. His parents, Michelle and Patrick Fisher, weren’t sure what was wrong. But when Jackson came home one evening completely exhausted after lacrosse practice, they decided it was time to find out what was going on. The next day, they took Jackson to the emergency room.

What doctors found during that ER visit triggered a series of events the Fishers never could have anticipated and that eventually led the family to Mayo Clinic’s Proton Beam Therapy Program, where Jackson received treatment for a brain tumor.

“Every single person we’ve met at Mayo Clinic has been amazing, and we feel like we were meant to meet them,” says Michelle. “His doctors told us they were going to fight for Jackson. They’ve been forthcoming and explained things simply and honestly. I never second guessed his care. Being at Mayo Clinic has been the most positive experience of our lives.” Read the rest of Jackson's story.
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This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.

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Posted by @custer76, Sep 1, 2016

I have used proton beam therapy for prostate CA. Mucho radiation proctitis and cystitis has made me wary.
Can you refer to a good source for time and particle exposure ? I thought that I must have been getting particles in addition to protons. Are you able to change quark variability ?

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