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On CBN Newswatch, Oct. 2: Federal workers, tourists brace for long shutdown, Treasury to Congress: We're running out of money, and Pope wants , missionary church, modern Spirit, and more. Read Transcript


Mark: TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH," DAY TWO OF

BEING CLOSED.

A LOOK AT HOW THE PARTIAL

FEDERAL SHUTDOWN IS

AFFECTING AMERICANS.

Wendy: PLUS, POPE

FRANCIS' PUSH TO REFORM

CATHOLICS, WHAT HE SAYS

NEEDS TO BE THE FOCUS OF THE

CHURCH.

Mark: AND WE TAKE A

LOOK AT A REVOLUTIONARY WAY

TO TREAT CANCER, WITHOUT

SURGERY OR SIDE EFFECTS.

ALL THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH."

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

IS IN DAY TWO OF ITS FIRST

SHUTDOWN IN 17 YEARS.

SOME 800,000 WORKERS HAVE

BEEN TOLD NOT TO COME IN.

Mark: ACROSS THE

COUNTRY, MANY ARE BRACING

FOR A PROLONGED GOVERNMENT

SIEGE.

GEORGE THOMAS HAS TONIGHT'S

TOP STORY.

Reporter: FROM

CALIFORNIA'S FAMED YOSEMITE

NATIONAL PARK --

IT WAS A LONG JOURNEY.

IT TOOK US 16 HOURS TO FLY.

George: TO ALL OF THE

OTHER 401 NATIONAL PARKS,

MONUMENTS, AND NATIONAL

DESTINATIONS COAST TO COAST,

THE POLITICAL MESS IN

WASHINGTON HAS GOVERNMENT

EMPLOYEES --

THEY JUST TOLD US, UNTIL

FURTHER NOTICE, YOU KNOW,

YOU'RE FURLOUGHED, AND WHEN

WE CALL YOU, YOU COME BACK

IN.

George: AND -- AND

TOURISTS ALIKE, WORRIED THAT

A SHUTDOWN COULD LAST

WEEKS.

WE'RE NOT GETTING TO TOUR

THE CAPITOL BUILDING ON THE

PENTAGON.

George: ONE MARKET

COMPANY SAYS IT IS COSTING

$13 MILLION AN HOUR, ROUGHLY

$1.6 MILLION A WEEK BECAUSE

OOF THE SHUTDOWN.

ALL OF THESE CLOWNS ARE

SUPPOSED TO BE REPRESENTING

THE PEOPLE.

BUT THEY'RE DOING A BAD JOB

OF IT.

Reporter: THE SIEGE HAS

FORCED THE PRESIDENT TO

CANCEL TO TRIPS.

WITH THE POSSIBILITY THAT

THE ENTIRE TRIP COULD GET

CANCELLED.

THERE WAS TALK OF A

COMPROMISE WITH REPUBLICANS

AGREEING TO REOPEN PARTS OF

THE GOVERNMENT.

AND QUIT SIMPLY SAYING

NO.

Reporter: DEMOCRATS

SAID NO THANKS, AGREEING TO

FUND THE GOVERNMENT ONLY IF

THE G.O.P. DROP ITS EFFORT

TO DEFUND OR DELAY

OBAMACARE.

WE HAVE TO STOP PLAYING

THESE FOOLISH GAMES THAT

KEEP COMING TO US FROM THE

OTHER SIGH O SIDE OF THE

CAPITAL.

George: LATE THIS

EVENING, PRESIDENT OBAMA

INVITED TOP CONGRESSIONAL

LEADERS FOR A MEETING ON THE

IMPASSE.

TODAY'S MEETING IS ABOUT

THE NEED TO OPEN THE

GOVERNMENT AND THE NEED TO

ASSURE WE DO NOT DEFAULT.

Reporter: AND SOME

REPUBLICANS ARE CALLING FOR

LEGISLATION TO FUND THE

GOVERNMENT WITH NO

CONDITIONS.

GEORGE THOMAS, CBN NEWS.

Mark: SOME IN

WASHINGTON ARE CALLING THE

CURRENT SITUATION

UNPRECEDENTED, BUT IN

REALITY, THERE IS A LONG

HISTORY OF GOVERNMENT

SHOTDOWNS.

THIS IS THE 12th SINCE

1981.

THE MOST RECENT IN 1995,

WHEN BILL CLINTON WAS

PRESIDENT.

THAT SHUTDOWN LASTED 21

DAYS.

ONE THING THE COUNTRY HAS

LEARNED FROM PAST SHUTDOWNS,

THE LONGER IT LASTS, THE

LONGER IT COSTS.

Wendy: AS SOME LOOK TO

LAY BLAME FOR THE SHUTDOWN,

ONE NAME KEEPS COMING UP,

AND THAT IS SENATOR TED

CRUZ.

FOR MORE ON THAT, WE TURN TO

OUR CHIEF POLITICAL

CORRESPONDENT DAVID BRODY.

TED CRUZ HAS CLEARLY BEEN

VOCAL ABOUT USING THE BUDGET

BATTLE TO DEFUND OBAMACARE.

AND MANY SAY HIS

OUTSPOKENNESS WAS A BIG

FACTOR IN NO DEAL BEING

REACHED.

IS THAT A FAIR ASSESSMENT?

I DON'T THINK IT IS A

FAIR ASSESSMENT.

TED CRUZ IS OUTSPOKEN, NEWS

FLASH.

HARRY REID DID NOT WANT A

DEAL.

SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER WANTED

A DEAL.

AND TED CRUZ REALLY HAD

NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.

LOOK, HE GOT SOME MEDIA

ATTENTION BECAUSE OF THAT

21-HOUR FILIBUSTER THAT

WASN'T A FILIBUSTER.

BUT THE TRUTH BE KNOWN, TED

CRUZ SAID HE WAS GOING TO DO

THIS ALL ALONG.

AND WHETHER OR NOT HE DID

TALK OR DIDN'T TALK REALLY

MADE NOT MUCH OF A

DIFFERENCE AT ALL.

Wendy: ON MONDAY, CRUZ

SUGGESTED THE HOUSE TRY TO

PASS SMALL SPENDING BILLS TO

FUND PARTS OF THE

GOVERNMENT, AND ON TUESDAY

NIGHT THEY TRIED AND

FAILED.

DOES THE FACT THEY WENT THAT

ROUTE REFLECT CRUZ'S

INTEREST NOT JUST IN THE

SENATE, BUT IN THE HOUSE?

Reporter: I DON'T THINK

THERE IS ANY QUESTION TED

CRUZ IS HAVING AN INFLUENCE

ON THIS DEBATE.

BUT IT IS IN PUBLIC

OPINION.

HE IS THE ONE WHO GOT IT ON

THE FRONT PAGES OF THE

"WASHINGTON POST." I DON'T

MEAN THE FRONT PAGES IN

TERMS OF A GOVERNMENT

SHUTDOWN, BUT I MEAN TALKING

ABOUT OBAMACARE AND THE

DANGERS OF IT.

THAT WAS THE EFFECT OF THE

FILIBUSTER OR THE SO-CALLED

FILIBUSTER.

BUT ALL OF THESE BILLS

COMING THROUGH NOW,

PIECE-MEAL, FUNDING THE

NATIONAL PARKS HERE AND

THERE -- NO.

THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE,

JOHN BOEHNER, IS NOT TAKING

HIS CUES FROM TED CRUZ.

HE WILL SAY THAT PRIVATELY,

AS WELL AS PUBLICLY.

Wendy: INTERESTINGLY.

TED CRUZ IS TOPPING THE LIST

OF G.O.P. FRONT-RUNNERS IN

2016.

WILL THIS ROLE IN THE

SHUTDOWN HURT HIM AT ALL IN

THIS CASE?

Reporter: THAT'S A

GREAT QUESTION, WENDY.

I HAVE TO TELL YOU, THIS

COULD GO EITHER WAY.

WHEN IT COMES TO THE

GRASSROOTS, THEY LOVE HIM.

IS HE GOING TO BE TOUGH IN A

PLACE LIKE IOWA AND THAT

FIRST STATE, ABSOLUTELY.

YOU WOULD HAVE TO THINK HE

IS THE FRONT-RUNNER IN IOWA

RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF ALL OF

THE GRASSROOTS ATTENTION

HE'LL GET THERE AND IN

PLACES LIKE SOUTH CAROLINA.

HAVING SAID THAT, THE

PROBLEM HERE IS THAT TED

CRUZ IS IN A VERY DANGEROUS

CONDITIOPOSITION OF GETTING

STEREOTYPED BY THE

MAINSTREAM MEDIA.

HE IS NOT JUST THE RENEGADE,

BUT HE IS KIND OF THE LACKO

BIRD AND OTHER TERMS.

THIS IS THE PROBLEM, BECAUSE

LET'S FACE IT, THE

MAINSTREAM MEDIA, AS MUCH AS

CONSERVATIVES LOVE TO BASH

THEM, THEY DO CONTROL THE

NARRATIVE.

TED CRUZ HAS TO BE CAREFUL

HE IS NOT PIGEONHOLED ONE

WAY.

Wendy: THANKS, DAVID.

AND DON'T FORGET, FOR MORE

OF DAVID'S POLITICAL

COVERAGE YOU WON'T SEE

ANYWHERE ELSE, MAKE SURE YOU

CHECK OUT HIS WEEKLY SHOW

AND BLOG, "THE BRODY FILE."

Mark: ANOTHER FINANCIAL

SHOWDOWN IS LOOMING.

JACOB LUBE SAYS UNLESS

LAWMAKERS ACT IN TIME, HE

WILL RUN OUT OF MONEY TO PAY

THE NATION'S BILLS BY

OCTOBER 17th.

CONGRESS MUST PERIODICALLY

RAISE THE LIMIT ON

GOVERNMENT BORROWING TO KEEP

FUNDS FLOWING, BUT THE FIGHT

OVER THE DEBT CEILING IS

BEING TIED INTO THE FEDERAL

BUDGET DEFICIT.

SOME THINK THE DEMOCRATS

WILL ACCEPT A SHORT-TERM

SPENDING TERM TO REOPEN THE

GOVERNMENT WHILE OTHER

POLITICAL DIFFERENCES ARE

WORKED OUT.

Wendy: THE NEW JERSEY

GOVERNMENT IS ASKING A JUDGE

TO DELAY IMPLEMENTING AN

ORDER ALLOWING GAY

MARRIAGE.

THE STATE SAYS IT IS WRONG

FOR A LOWER COURT JUDGE TO

REVERSE POLICY MADE BY

LAWMAKERS,

STATING, QUOTE,"NEVER BEFORE

HAS ANY COURT AT ANY LEVEL

DECLARED THAT THE VALIDITY

OF A STATE STATUE UNDER THE

STATE CONSTITUTION DEPENDS

ON THE VISITUDES OF A THIRD

PARTY ACTOR OVER WHOM IT HAS

NO CONTROL."

THE STATE IS WANTING TO

PREVENT ANY GAY MARRIAGES

FROM BEING PERFORMED WHILE

THE APPEAL IS BEING

CONSIDERED.

Mark: POPE FRANCIS IS

CALL PROSSELTISM,

QUOTE,"SOLID NONSENSE."

FRANCIS CALLED ON THE CHURCH

TO LOVE OTHERS, NOT TRY TO

CONVERT THEM.

THIS INTERVIEW COMES AS THE

POPE IS PUSHING FOR REFORM

AMONG CATHOLICS.

FRANCIS HAS DENOUNCED THE

VATICAN PERSPECTIVE OF PAST

ADMINISTRATIONS.

THE POPE MET WITH EIGHT

CARDINALS FROM AROUND THE

WORLD TO BEGIN TALKS OF

REFORM, AND WANTS LOCAL

CHURCH LEADERING INVOLVED AS

WELL.

FOR MORE ON THIS, WE TURN TO

ASHLEY MCGUIRE, A SENIOR

FELLOW AT THE CATHOLIC

ASSOCIATION.

ASHLEY, AS WE JUST REPORTED,

IN HIS LATEST INTERVIEW, THE

POPE CALLED PROSELTISM

NONSENSE.

IS THAT A VIEW HELD BY THE

CHURCH?

THERE IS A FEW COMPETING

INTERPRETATIONS OF WHAT WAS

GOING ON.

ONE WAS HE WAS BEING A

LITTLE GLIB OR TONGUE IN

CHEEK WITH HIS INTERVIEWER,

WHO IS A SELF-PROFESSED

ATHEIST.

I DON'T KNOW THAT ONE WE CAN

TAKE QUITE LITERALLY.

AND THERE ARE DIFFERENT

DISAGREEMENTS ABOUT WHAT HE

MEANT.

I THINK IT IS SAFE TO ASSUME

THE POPE IS IN NO WAY OF

REJECTING THE IDEA OF

PROFESSING THE CHRISTIAN

FAITH FROM OTHERS.

Mark: THIS POPE IS

TRYING TO TURN AWAY FROM

WHAT MANY CALLED A VATICAN

CENTURY CHURCH OF THE PAST.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THE

POPE'S BACKGROUND, AND HE IS

A JEZUIT.

I THINK THAT'S WHAT HE IS

TALKING ABOUT, IS MAKING

SURE THAT THE CHURCH IS

DOING WHAT IT IS SUPPOSED TO

BE DOING, MAKING SURE THAT

EVERY PERSON HAS THE CHANCE

TO HEAR THE GOSPEL.

Mark: THE CATHOLIC

CHURCH HAS SEEN A LOT OF

CONTROVERSY IN RECENT

YEARS.

IS POPE FRANCIS HELPING OR

HURTING HOW THE WORLD VIEWS

CATHOLICS?

ABSOLUTELY HELPING.

I THINK THERE ISN'T ANYBODY

WHO WOULD DENY THAT, THAT

THE POPE IS DOING REALLY

WONDERFUL THINGS FOR HELPING

TO RESTORE A MORE POSITIVE

VIEW IN THE WORLD ABOUT

CATHOLICS, AND CATHOLICISM.

EVERYTHING HE IS DOING IS

REMINDING THE WORLD OF

CHRISTIANITY'S MOST BASIC

MESSAGE, WHICH IS REACHING

OUT TO THE POOR, TO THE

VULNERABLE, AND SPREADING

LOVE, WHICH IS THE

FOUNDATIONAL MESSAGE OF THE

GOSPEL.

Mark: DO YOU THINK THE

POPE IS CAVING A LITTLE ON

SOME MORAL ISSUES OR MOVING

THE CHURCH IN THE RIGHT

DIRECTION?

I THINK, FIRST OF ALL,

WHEN WE'RE HEARING SOME OF

THE SOUND BYTES ABOUT WHAT

THE POPE IS SAYING ABOUT

MORAL ISSUES, IT HAS TO BE

TAKEN IN THE CONTEXT OF THE

ENTIRE INTERVIEW HE IS

GIVING OR THE HOMILY IS

GIVING.

ONE OF THE THINGS EVERYBODY

WAS FOCUSED ON WAS A COMMENT

HE MADE IN "AMERICA

MAGAZINE" ABOUT TALKING

FIRST ABOUT MORAL ISSUES

BEFORE SORT OF LOVING OUR

NEIGHBOR.

BUT THE VERY NEXT DAY HE

WENT AROUND AND GAVE A VERY

FIRM ADMONITION TO CATHOLIC

DOCTORS NOT TO PERFORM

ABORTIONS.

HE COMPLETELY REJECTED

ABORTIONS.

I THINK HE IS ROCK-SOLID ON

THE MORAL ISSUES.

I THINK HE SEES, THOUGH,

THAT THE WORLD MAYBE DOESN'T

UNDERSTAND A LOT OF CATHOLIC

MORAL TEACHINGS, AND FIRST

NEEDS TO EXPERIENCE LOVE.

HE IS IN NO WAY CAVING.

Mark: THANKS, ASHLEY,

FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

Wendy: AND COMING UP,

WHY WASHINGTON IS PUSHING

FOR GREATER SANCTIONS

AGAINST IRAN, DESPITE THE

COUNTRY'S NEW DIPLOMATIC

TONE.

.

Mark: ISRAELI PRIME

MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU

HAS BEEN WARNING ABOUT

TRUSTING IRAN'S EFFORTS TO

STRENGTHEN TIES WITH THE

WEST, REMARKS IRAN HAS

CONDEMNED.

Wendy: BUT A NEW ROUND

OF TOP SANCTIONS SET TO TAKE

EFFECT AGAINST THE COUNTRY'S

NUCLEAR PROGRAM COULD PUT A

STRAIN ON DIPLOMATIC

OUTREACH.

CAITLIN BURKE REPORTS.

Reporter: CONGRESS IS

MOVING FORWARD WITH TOUGHER

SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN'S

NUCLEAR PROGRAM.

IT INCREASES PENALTIES THAT

WENT INTO EFFECT LAST YEAR.

THE PENALTIES HAVE CUT

IRAN'S PETROLEUM EXPORTS IN

HALF.

THESE NEW SANCTIONS COME

AFTER THE FIRST CONTACT

BETWEEN U.S. AND IRANIAN

LEADERS IN MORE THAN 30

YEARS.

BUT TOP ISRAELI OFFICIALS

AREN'T BUYING IRAN'S EFFORTS

TO IMPROVE DEP SE DIPLOMACY

WITH THE WEST.

WE REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED

WITH NORTH KOREA, THEY SPOKE

VERY NICELY.

WE CAN'T ALLOW THAT TO

HAPPEN.

Reporter: ISRAELI PRIME

MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU

FOUGHT BACK AGAINST IRAN'S

CHARM INITIATIVE AT THE

UNITED NATIONS.

HE SAYS A NUCLEAR IRAN

REPRESENTED NOT ONLY A

THREAT TO ISRAEL, BUT A

CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO

THE UNITED STATES AND

WESTERN POWERS.

HE ARGUED SANCTIONS MUST BE

KEPT IN PLACE, AND ISSUED A

VEILED THREAT OF AN ISRAELI

MILITARY STRIKE.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

ISRAEL WILL NEVER ACQUIESCE

TO NUCLEAR ARMS IN THE HANDS

OF A ROGUE REGIME THAT

REPEATEDLY PROMISES TO WIPE

US OFF THE MAPS.

AGAINST SUCH A THREAT,

ISRAEL WILL HAVE NO CHOICE

BUT TO DEFEND ITSELF.

Reporter: A DEPUTY

AMBASSADOR TO IRAN'S U.N.

MISSION FIRED BACK AT

ISRAEL, CALLING NETANYAHU'S

REMARKS MISLEADING AND

INFLAMMATORY.

I DO NOT WANT TO DIGNIFY

SUCH UNFOUNDED ACCUSATIONS

WITH AN ANSWER OTHER THAN TO

CATEGORICALLY REJECT IT.

HE TRIED TO MISLEAD THIS

BODY ABOUT THE IRANIAN

NUCLEAR PROGRAM.

Reporter: THE TOUGH NEW

SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN ARE

EXPECTED TO BE FINALIZED IN

NOVEMBER.

GIVING THE WHITE HOUSE ONLY

A FEW WEEKS TO SEE WHETHER

IRAN HAS REALLY CHANGED

COURSE UNDER PRESIDENT

ROUHANI.

CAITLIN BURKE, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: THE AMERICAN

PASTOR IMPRISONED IN IRAN

FOR THIS CHRISTIAN FAITH NOW

KNOWS THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA

SPOKE OUT ON HIS BEHALF.

PASTOR SAEED ABEDINI WAS

TOLD THAT THE PRESIDENT

URGED IRANIAN PRESIDENT

HASAN ROUHANI TO RELEASE

HIM.

THEY REPORT THAT THE

PASTOR'S FAMILY WAS ABLE TO

VISIT WITH HIM THROUGH A

GLASS PARTITION AT EVAN

PRISON.

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Mark: IRAN HAS DENIED A

PARDON FOR ANOTHER

IMPRISONED PASTOR.

PASTOR SAEED IS JUST ONE OF

MANY CHRISTIANS JAILED IN

IRAN FOR THEIR FAITH.

THE FAMILY OF PASTOR BENIM

IRANI ASKED AN IRANIAN JUDGE

TO PARDON HIM.

BUT THE JUDGE REFUSED,

SAYING THE PASTOR HAS TO

SERVE THE REMAINDER OF HIS

SIX-YEAR SENTENCE.

THE JUDGE SAID THE ONLY WAY

IRANI WILL BE RELEASED EARLY

IS IF HE REPENTS AND RETURNS

TO ISLAM.

Wendy: UP NEXT, HOW

SOMETHING CALLED PROTON

THERAPY COULD REVOLUTIONIZE

THE WAY DOCTORS TREAT

CANCER.

HAS

Wendy: OCTOBER IS

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

MONTH, AND SCIENTISTS SAY

WEIGHT CONTROL AND PHYSICAL

ACTIVITY CAN REDUCE CASES OF

BREAST CANCER.

ACCORDING TO THE FRED

HUTCHISON CANCER RESEARCH

CENTER, ABOUT 25% OF ALL

BREAST CANCER CASES ACTUALLY

COULD BE AVOIDED.

BETWEEN 5% AND 10% OF ALL

CASES ARE THOUGHT TO BE

HEREDITARY, BUT MOST CASES

ARE NOT LINKED TO GENES.

ONE IN EIGHT WOMEN, OR 12%,

WILL DEVELOP BREAST CANCER

DURING THEIR LIFE TIMES.

SO DOCTORS SAY TAKING ANY

PREVENTIVE MEASURES COULD BE

A HUGE BENEFIT.

NEARLY TWO MILLION PEOPLE

WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH

CANCER THIS YEAR, BUT NOW

THERE IS A PROMISING NEW

TREATMENT.

Mark: YEAH.

IT'S CALLED PROTON THERAPY.

IN TONIGHT'S FOCUS REPORT,

LORI JOHNSON TELLS US HOW IT

COULD CHANGE THE WAY WE LOOK

AT CANCER.

Reporter: JEFF POWELL

AND HIS WIFE, VICKI, BELIEVE

THEY DODGED NOT ONE, BUT TWO

BUT.

FIRST, JEFF BEAT PROSTATE

CANCER.

PLUS, BECAUSE HE CHOSE A

TREATMENT KNOWN AS PROTON

THERAPY, HE AVOIDED THE

MISERABLE SIDE EFFECTS THAT

OFTEN ACCOMPANY TRADITIONAL

METHODS.

I HAD LOOKED AT SURGERY.

AND I TALKED TO SOME FRIENDS

AT A LOCAL PROSTATE MEETING,

AND THEY HAD A LOT OF

TROUBLE WITH INCONTINENCE

AND SEXUAL MALFUNCTION.

AND AT MY AGE, I JUST DIDN'T

WANT TO LIVE LIKE THAT.

Reporter: PROTON

THERAPY PATIENTS HAVE FEWER

SIDE EFFECTS BECAUSE IT ONLY

KILLS THE CANCER.

TRADITIONAL RADIATION

THERAPY WORKS LIKE A BULLET,

DAMAGING HEALTHY TISSUE AS

IT ENTERS AND EXITS THE

BODY.

PROTON THERAPY, ON THE OTHER

HAND, IS LIKE A FIRECRACKER

PLACED INSIDE THE TUMOR.

THE EXPLOSION OF RADIATION

DAMAGES JUST THE TUMOR,

NOTHING ELSE.

THERE IS NO NAUSEA, NO

BURNING, AND BEST OF ALL, NO

ORGAN DAMAGE.

EVERYTHING THAT WORKED

WHEN I STARTED MY TREATMENT

WORKS FINE NOW.

Reporter: THERE ARE

ONLY NINE PROTON THERAPY

CENTERS IN ALL OF THE UNITED

STATES RIGHT NOW, BUT

ANOTHER EIGHT ARE ON THE

WAY.

ONE OF THE NEWEST

TREATMENT FACILITIES IS THIS

ONE IN HAMPTON, VIRGINIA.

THIS LOCATION WAS CHOSEN IN

PART BECAUSE THIS AREA OF

THE COUNTRY LEADS THE NATION

IN PROSTATE CANCER DEATHS.

I'M HALF WAY THROUGH THE

THERAPY NOW, THE TREATMENT,

RIGHT NOW, AND IT HAS BEEN A

PRETTY GOOD EXPERIENCE.

Reporter: 45-YEAR-OLD

CRAIG FIELDINGS CHOSE PROTON

THERAPY TO TREAT HIS

PROSTATE CANCER.

HE HAS COME HERE MONDAY

THROUGH FRIDAY FOR ONE MONTH

AND HAS ONE MORE TO GO.

THE COST OF PROTON THERAPY

IS ABOUT THREE TIMES THE

COST OF TRADITIONAL

TREATMENT.

BUT MOST INSURERS, LIKE

CRAIG'S, COVER THE

TREATMENT.

IT IS A PAINLESS

PROCESS.

I'M IN AND OUT IN 15

MINUTES, AND I CAN GO BACK

TO WORK.

Reporter: PROSTATE

CANCER PATIENTS, LIKE CRAIG,

AREN'T THE ONLY ONES WHO

BENEFIT FROM THIS

BREAKTHROUGH.

ACCORDING TO THE CENTER'S

SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR CYNTHIA

KEPPEL:

WE TREAT A LOT OF

PROSTATE CANCER AND BRAIN

AND HEAD AND NECK, BREAST,

YOUNG, ESOPHAGEAL, AND WE'RE

LOOKING AT GYNECOLOGICAL.

AND FOR KIDS, BECAUSE THEY

HAVE A HIGHER PROBABILITY OF

GETTING A TUMOR FROM STRAY

RADIATION THERAPY.

Reporter: THE PRECISION

ALSO ALLOWS THE PROTON BEAM

TO CONFORM TO THE EXACT

SHAPE OF THE TUMOR.

SOME CANCERS HAVE UP TO A

40% BETTER CURATE THAN

TRADITIONAL TREATMENT.

BECAUSE WE'RE NOT

GENERALLY DELIVERING DOSES

TO THE SURROUNDING TISSUE,

YOU CAN RAISE UP THE DOSE TO

THE TOO MANTHE TUMOR IN

SOME CASES.

SO SOME OF THE HEAD AND NECK

CANCERS ARE VERY MUCH LIKE

THAT.

FOR OTHER CANCERS, LIKE THE

PROSTATE CANCER PATIENTS,

THE CURE RATES ARE

COMPARABLE TO ANOTHER

TREATMENTS, BUT WE'RE TRYING

TO GIVE THEM A BETTER

QUALITY OF LIFE AFTERWARDS.

Reporter: DURING

TREATMENT, THE PATIENT LIES

IN A CUSTOM FITTED BRACE ON

A MACHINE CALLED A GANTRI.

AND THEY ACTIVATE THE PROTON

BEAM.

NO NEEDLES; NO KNIVES.

THIS IS A BEHIND-THE-SCENES

LOOK AT THE GANTRI TREATMENT

ROOM.

THE PATIENT IS ON THE OTHER

SIDE OF THAT ROOM.

THIS MACHINE IS THREE

STORIES TALL, WEIGHS

90 TONS, AND COSTS

$8 MILLION.

SO THIS IS IT.

Reporter: ONCOLOGIST

ALLEN THORNTON HAS BEEN

USING PROTON THERAPY SINCE

THE EARLY '90s.

THIS IS A RESOURCE TO THE

COMMUNITY AND TO THE

NATION.

IT BUILDS UPON OVER 50 YEARS

OF THIS THERAPY FIRST

COMMENCING IN SWEDEN IN

1957, AND HARVARD IN 1961.

THERE ARE MANY, MANY

GENERATIONS OF PHYSICISTS

AND PHYSICIANS WHO HAVE

WORKED TIRELESSLY TO BRING

THIS TECHNOLOGY TO ITS

CURRENT FRUITION.

Reporter: THAT WORK

MEANS AN ANSWER TO PRAYER

FOR CANCER PATIENTS WHO

QUALIFY FOR PROTON THERAPY.

THEY CAN EXPECT TO KEEP MORE

HEALTHY TISSUE WHILE

ESCAPING CERTAIN SIDE

EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH

CONVENTIONAL THERAPY.

NOW THAT IT'S OVER, IF I

HAD TO DO THAT AGAIN,

HANDSDOWN, THAT WOULD BE THE

WAY I WOULD GO.

Reporter: LORI JOHNSON,

CBN NEWS.

Mark: UP NEXT, THE

NATIONAL PARKS MIGHT BE SHUT

DOWN, BUT NOT FOR A GROUP OF

WORLD WAR II VETERANS.

THEIR STORY WHEN WE COME

BACK.

AND FINALLY, THE

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN HAS

CLOSED DOWN NATIONAL PARKS,

INCLUDING MONUMENTS AND

MEMORIALS.

Mark: BUT THAT HASN'T

STOPPED ONE SPECIAL GROUP OF

WORLD WAR II VETERANS.

JOHN MURPHY AND OTHER

VETERANS VIEWED THE MEMORIAL

FROM BEHIND A BARRIER.

THE GROUPS TRAVELLED FROM

MISSISSIPPI AND IOWA TO TOUR

WASHINGTON, D.C.,

SPECIFICALLY TO VISIT THE

MEMORIALS BUILT IN THEIR

HONOR.

TO THE EXCITEMENT OF THE

CROWD, THE GATES

MYSTERIOUSLY OPENED.

HOW ABOUT THAT!

LOOK AT THAT CROWD.

WE FEEL LIKE IT IS AN

HONOR TO COME BACK AND SEE

WHAT WE FOUGHT FOR.

93, BUT STILL GOING

STRONG.

MAYBE WE'LL HAVE HIM BACK

NEXT YEAR AND THE YEAR AFTER

AND THE YEAR AFTER.

BUT THIS ONE IS VERY

SPECIAL.

TO HAVE TURNED THEM AWAY

WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN A HAPPY

PICTURE.

AND I THINK EVERYONE

REALIZED THAT.

I WANTED TO COME EVER

SINCE THEY OPENED IT.

I LOVE IT.

Mark: WOW.

NO ONE IS ADMITTING TO

OPENING THE GATES, AND THE

PARK SERVICE IS ANXIOUS TO

OPEN AGAIN.

I'M GLAD THOSE GATES

MYSTERIOUSLY OPENED.

Wendy: THAT WAS QUITE A

MIRACLE, I THINK.

GOOD FOR HIM.

I'M GLAD THEY DIDN'T HAVE TO

BREAK THE BARS DOWN.

Mark: GO FOR IT.

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