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Prostate Cancer Survivor: Horst Sakschewski

Prostate Cancer Survivor: Horst Sakschewski

An active family man, Horst’s life in Paradise, California felt just like paradise. With his wife, parents, and his two grown children nearby, the retired electrician focused his time on family, as well as snow and water skiing when the weather permitted. A typically healthy man in his early sixties, it wasn’t until frequent urination began to disrupt his daily life that he visited his doctor.

After a diagnosis of an enlarged prostate, Horst was prescribed Flomax and jumped back into his active routine. But years later when a routine annual PSA test indicated an increase in his count, his doctor recommended he see a urologist.

Following a biopsy of his prostate, his urologist decided to keep an eye on his count and suggested follow-up PSA tests every three months along with annual biopsies. It was during one of these subsequent tests and biopsies that Horst learned his PSA had increased to 6.2 and cancer had spread throughout his prostate.

Suggesting surgery as a method of removing the cancer, Horst was wary of some of the side effects associated with this treatment. After visiting another urologist for a second opinion, Horst learned of several less invasive options, including proton treatment, with potentially fewer side effects. Although he lived in California, his insurance would not cover treatment there but would cover treatment at the SCCA Proton Therapy Center.

Horst began radiation at the SCCA Proton Therapy Center in May 2015 and visited the Center every weekday for nine weeks. He thoroughly enjoyed his time in the Pacific Northwest and stayed with his sister in Seattle. Horst was surprised that he experienced no side effects, other than temporary changes in urination. While he had to travel to Seattle for treatment, Horst treasures the extra time it granted him to spend with his sister and explore much of what the city has to offer. He shared that the staff at the SCCA Proton Therapy Center made him feel at home and he was surprisingly very comfortable while away from Paradise.

“Cancer is a serious situation and I was amazed at how little the treatment affected me,” shared Horst. “When you think about what others have to deal with going through cancer, I know I was very lucky.”

Following treatment in Seattle, Horst traveled back home to Paradise and into his normal routine. While making plans for skiing and travel, Horst knows he will need to have his PSA checked every three months for the first year post treatment. But before he can set his plans in motion, Horst will have surgery to repair a broken arm that never healed. “I’ll have surgery and a three month recovery – that will be a lot more of a hassle than my cancer treatment!”

 If you are interested in learning more about traveling for treatment in Seattle, please visit a special section of the Center’s website at https://www.sccaprotontherapy.com/about-your-stay. Our Concierge team is also here to answer your questions and help you make the most of your visit.