CLEVELAND, May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center announced plans to establish a $30 million proton therapy center, becoming one of an elite group of cancer centers in the country to offer this revolutionary technology.
Proton therapy is an advanced type of radiation treatment that uses a powerful beam of protons to precisely target and match treatment to the shape of a tumor with incredible accuracy. Traditional radiation therapy uses photon beams, which are highly effective for a broad variety of tumors and cancers. However, in some cases, proton beam radiation therapy offers enhanced abilities to deliver higher and more conformal radiation doses, while selectively sparing healthy tissue in the body. In addition, the use of protons is extremely valuable for the treatment of some cancers in children and young adults, who seem to be more prone to short and long-term complications from radiation.
There are only nine proton therapy centers in the nation and the UH Seidman Cancer Center site will be the first confirmed in Ohio.
"There are many benefits to the delivery of radiation treatment with protons rather than photons for several types of cancer, and we believe that this represents the next important advancement in radiation therapy. We are very excited to bring this leading edge technology to Ohio," says Nathan Levitan, MD, President, UH Seidman Cancer Center. "We have made this $30 million investment in keeping with our commitment to bring the most advanced cancer-fighting treatments and technology to our community and to the country as a national leader in cancer care."
UH has signed an agreement with Still River Systems to purchase the Monarch 250 Proton Therapy System, the next generation proton therapy technology. While the first generation of proton beam systems require massive equipment and cost up to $150 million to implement, scientific breakthroughs by Still River Systems, located