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Texas Healthcare Organizations Reveal Details of $105 Million Proton Therapy Facility Slated for Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 1:01am
The Associated Press

IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 7, 2012--Three Texas healthcare leaders today announced new details of their plan to provide cancer patients with one of the world’s most advanced proton therapy centers. Dallas-based Texas Oncology, supported by McKesson Specialty Health; and Baylor Health Enterprises, an affiliate of Baylor Health Care System, announced that Irving-Las Colinas has been chosen as the home for the $105 million proton therapy facility in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation treatment, particularly effective in treating certain pediatric and adult cancers, often with fewer side effects.

Representatives expect construction to begin on the 50,000-square-foot proton therapy facility in 2013, and they anticipate the first patients will be treated in the advanced cancer treatment complex in late 2015. Final economic incentives are pending approvals later this month by Irving City Council and Dallas County Utility and Reclamation District.

The facility will be located at 1501 W. Royal Lane in Irving, Texas. The healthcare organizations selected Irving in part for its central location, providing patients convenient access within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, to both the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Love Field, and to numerous hotels.

“This is a landmark day for cancer patients,” said Chris Wallace, president and CEO, Irving Economic Development Partnership. “The proton therapy facility will immediately make Irving-Las Colinas and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex a destination for world-class medical and cancer care services. We are proud that Baylor, Texas Oncology and McKesson Specialty Health have elected to build such a distinguished and coveted facility in Irving.” Cancer Services Provided by Texas Oncology The facility will provide services through Texas Oncology and will give patients in Texas and across the country advanced options in the fight against cancer, including the opportunity to participate in leading clinical trials through its relationship with US Oncology Research.

“The proton therapy facility will provide our team of oncologists working across the state another critical tool in the fight against cancer,” said Dr. Steven Paulson, chairman and president of Texas Oncology. “Bringing advancements like this into our community-based practice is a hallmark of our approach, which is centered around patients and making the most advanced tools and treatments available to them.” New Technology, New Jobs Once completed, it is estimated the proton therapy center will employ about 50 healthcare professionals. Dr. Paulson said he expects the majority of cancer patient referrals will come from practitioners in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and from other parts of Texas and neighboring states. Texas Oncology is a member of The US Oncology Network, which includes physician-owned community-based oncology practices from across the country, which may also refer patients to the facility.

The facility will be constructed with newer technology than first-generation facilities. IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) has been selected to provide the proton technology, in part because IBA’s technology is the most advanced available. The facility will include a proton cyclotron, two isocentric-gantry treatment rooms, a fixed-beam treatment room and advanced image guidance technology.

“We have an extraordinary opportunity to bring leading cancer care technology that offers fewer side effects to more patients,” said Marc Owen, president of McKesson Specialty Health, a division of McKesson Corporation that supports The US Oncology Network. “And we’re going to do it by building a facility with leading technology and highly respected physicians and healthcare providers in the Dallas area. Proton therapy will bring a new level of community-based cancer care to patients.” Proton Therapy: Leading-edge Technology Each year, more than 1.6 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer. Proton therapy provides highly targeted radiation treatment shown to be particularly effective in treating many pediatric and adult cancers, including adults with tumors in the brain, head and neck, lung and prostate.

Only a handful of proton therapy centers are operational in the United States. The IBA proton solution is a proven one that combines the latest technologies with more than 20 years of experience gained at top clinical institutions. Linbeck Group, LLC has been selected to build the facility, which is being designed by RTKL Associates, part of the ARCADIS global network.

“Texas is one of the fastest-growing states in the U.S.,” said Mary Elizabeth Klein, director of IBA Global Sales for Particle Therapy. “Families affected by cancer deserve access to the latest advances in cancer treatment and technology. The facility will provide many more patients access to this leading-edge technology, both in Texas and, due to its central location in the U.S., across the country.

About the Collaboration Texas Oncology, supported by McKesson Specialty Health, and Baylor Health Enterprises, an affiliate of Baylor Health Care System, are collaborating to develop a proton therapy facility in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The advanced treatment facility will provide services through Texas Oncology, an independent oncology practice based in Dallas with locations throughout Texas and southeastern Oklahoma, including the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center. Texas Oncology is a member of The US Oncology Network, which includes privately held community-based oncology practices across the country. About Texas Oncology Texas Oncology delivers high-quality cancer care with leading-edge technology and advanced treatment and therapy options available to help patients achieve “More breakthroughs. More victories.” ® in their fights against cancer. Texas Oncology, a pioneer in community-based cancer care, is an independent oncology practice with sites of service throughout Texas and southeastern Oklahoma. Texas Breast Specialists and Texas Urology Specialists, which focus on all areas of breast and urologic care, are a part of Texas Oncology. Texas Oncology patients have the opportunity to take part in some of the most promising clinical trials in the nation for a broad range of cancers. Texas Oncology participates in innovative clinical trials from Phase I through Phase IV through US Oncology Research, which has helped to develop 43 FDA approved cancer therapies. For more information, visit www.TexasOncology.com or call 1-888-864-I CAN (4226). About McKesson Specialty Health , a division of , empowers community patient care delivery systems by providing solutions to aid in the advancement of science, technology and quality of care. Through innovative clinical, research, business and operational solutions, facilitated by integrated technology systems, our products aim to improve the financial health of our customers so they may provide the best care for their patients. For more information, visit . ABOUT IBA IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.), is a cancer diagnostics and treatment company and the worldwide technology leader in the field of proton therapy. The company’s expertise lies in the development of next generation proton therapy technologies and radiopharmaceuticals that provide oncology care providers with premium quality services and equipment, including IBA’s leading fully integrated IntegraLab ® radiopharmacy system, and Dosimetry advanced solutions for Quality Assurance of medical equipment and increased patient safety. Headquartered in Belgium and employing more than 1,200 people worldwide, IBA currently has installed systems across Europe and the US and is expanding into emerging markets. The company is focused on building sustainable global growth for investors, providing solutions in the fight against cancer. IBA is listed on the pan-European stock exchange EURONEXT. Website: www.iba-worldwide.com.

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CONTACT: For Texas Oncology Shana Bristow, 214-665-1316 Shana.Bristow@fleishman.com or Meredith Adams, 214-665-1346 Meredith.Adams@fleishman.com or McKesson Specialty Health Jennifer Horspool, 949-933-4300 Jennifer.Horspool@usoncology.com KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA TEXAS INDUSTRY KEYWORD: HEALTH HOSPITALS ONCOLOGY RADIOLOGY SOURCE: Texas Oncology Copyright Business Wire 2012 PUB: 09/07/2012 01:01 AM/DISC: 09/07/2012 01:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120906006980/

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