• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Poignant farewell as teen finishes proton beam therapy

January 21, 2018

It was a long road through proton beam therapy for 14-year-old Octavio Moreno Lara. But compassionate care from his Mayo Clinic team, coupled with some fun events, lightened the mood along the way.

Octavio Moreno Lara describes his last proton beam treatment at Mayo Clinic's Arizona campus as "bittersweet." The "bitter," he says, was "having to lie so still during my treatment with nothing to do," something most active 14-year-olds might find frustrating. But Octavio says the "sweet" part was "all the therapists who treated me so well."

The six weeks Octavio spent in Mayo Clinic's Proton Beam Therapy Program were focused on treating a cancerous brain tumor. Although the treatment wasn't easy, he says the compassionate care he received, along with some special outings he enjoyed during his time at Mayo Clinic, made it a bit easier to take. Read the rest of Octavio's story.
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.