Pamela Tetlow, Throat Cancer

Just five days after her sixty-eighth birthday, Pamela Tetlow received a life changing diagnosis: throat cancer. For Pamela, a vibrant woman and the vice president of a mid-sized architectural firm, the diagnosis came as a shock.

Pamela met with Kyle M. Hatten, MD, the Director of Robotic Surgery in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Hatten discovered that Pamela was not a candidate for surgery. Instead, he recommended proton therapy because it would minimize damage to healthy tissues. This was especially important because of her tumor’s close proximity to the airway.

Pamela began six weeks of daily treatments at the Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC), as well as chemotherapy. From the first day, she described her experience as “Exceptional. The staff felt like family and I could tell they truly cared.”

She appreciated the communication between the proton therapy staff and chemotherapy staff.
“When I went to an appointment, I felt as though my doctors and nurses had been in communication, I never felt like I had to bring anyone up to speed.”

Proton therapy allowed her to maintain her active life and career, and even travel to California almost immediately after finishing treatment.

“I would recommend proton therapy in a heartbeat. I feel absolutely normal now.”
Almost fifteen months after finishing treatment, Pamela is living life to the fullest. She has taken trips to Ireland and Florida, and continues to work, golf and spend time with her family.

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