“It’s an historic week for the proton community. We’ve never had two centers in two different states open at nearly the same time."
Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 14, 2010
For the first time, two world-class proton therapy centers are opening in the U.S. during the same week. The centers, in Illinois and Virginia, will hold opening ceremonies October 19 and October 21.
“It’s an historic week for the proton community. We’ve never had two centers in two different states open at nearly the same time," said Leonard Arzt, executive director of the NAPT. "This month's events reflect the growing demand for proton beam therapy and the resulting effort that is being made to treat more patients,” he said.
The two new facilities bring the total to nine U.S. facilities that provide proton beam therapy, an advanced form of radiation therapy for many types of cancer. The new centers are already accepting and treating patients and anticipate rapid expansion of their patient bases.
The CDH Proton Center near Chicago, a ProCure Center, was developed in collaboration with Radiation Oncology Consultants and Central DuPage Hospital. The center has set a record for proton center development, taking only 24 months from groundbreaking to grand opening. The 60,000-square-foot facility has four treatment rooms and can accommodate up to 1,500 patients per year using its state-of-the-art technology. Opening day is set for October 19 in suburban Warrenville, Illinois.
The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute, Hampton, Va. officially opens October 21. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is slated to be the featured speaker at the dedication ceremony for the 98,000-square-foot facility with five treatment rooms. The largest free-standing proton therapy institute in the world, HUPTI plans to treat over 2,000 patients per year for breast, lung, prostate, pediatric and other cancers.
Loma Linda University Medical Center, southern, Califorinia, the first U.S. proton center, observes its 20th anniversary in November.
About Proton Therapy
Proton beam therapy is an advanced form of radiation therapy used in cancer treatment. It is available at nine operating centers with several additional facilities in the planning and construction phase. Unlike standard (X-ray) radiation treatment, proton therapy uses radioactive particles that can be more precisely conformed to target the tumor. The advantage of protons is that higher doses of radiation can be employed to control and manage cancer while significantly reducing damage to healthy tissue and vital organs.
For more information and a list of proton centers, visit the National Association for Proton Therapy at http://www.proton-therapy.org
For information about CDH Proton Center, a ProCure Center, visit http://procure.com/il
For information about the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute, visit http://www.hamptonproton.org
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