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Proton Therapy

researchUC Health is partnering with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to open a new Cincinnati Proton Therapy Center that will transform how adults receive radiotherapy. Proton therapy treatment is anticipated to begin at the site in 2016. Conveniently located in Liberty Township, the Cincinnati Proton Therapy Center will offer unique and specialized procedures to people in the Midwest and around the world. Renowned experts at the state-of-the-art facility will also conduct medical and technical training in proton therapy for specialists from around the world.

Proton therapy is a form of radiation therapy used to treat certain types of cancers and lymphomas. For adults, this targeted treatment is specifically helpful in cancers of the brain, eyes, head and neck, lungs, prostrate and spinal cord. A major advantage of proton therapy over traditional forms of radiotherapy is its ability to deliver radiation to a tumor area with remarkable precision. This approach avoids radiation exposure to the surrounding healthy tissue, reducing long-term side effects that often occur with conventional radiation therapy and improving outcomes for some tumors. In addition, the proton beams can target tumors located closer to critical structures. This new technology will significantly improve outcomes while dramatically reducing potential long-term risks for both adults and children.

The facility will be one of only 15 U.S. proton therapy centers and one of only two pediatric-focused centers in the country. It will be one of five facilities that is hospital owned. In addition, the Proton Therapy Center will house the only gantry fully dedicated to basic proton research in the county. The research component involves UC Health, Cincinnati Children’s and Varian Medical Systems. In fact, the center will host the annual meeting of the Particle Therapy Cooperative Oncology Group (PTCOG) in 2018.  This is an international meeting of medical professionals using proton therapy and is expected to attract over 1,000 participants from around the world.