Dayton Man Fights For Proton Therapy Treatment


Dayton Man Fights For Proton Therapy Treatment

Bryan Massengale lives in the home where he grew up, nestled on the family farm in Daytona, Tenn. Known as Massengale Dairy Farms before Massengale’s father passed away, it is listed as Tennessee Century Farm, meaning that it has been owned by the same family for more than 100 Years. And two years ago, that farm saved Massengale’s life.

Massengale has been the band director at Rhea Middle School for 30 years. Now 55, three years ago Massengale visited his doctor for a routine check-up and received some troubling news.

His prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test came back high for his age, a red flag that he could have prostate cancer. After more tests and a biopsy, it was confirmed that he had prostate cancer.

Immediately, Massengale started investigating treatments. He discovered proton therapy and met with a doctor in Jacksonville, Fla. at that time the closest proton therapy center. He liked the reported cure rate of proton therapy, and the lack of side effects.

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