Proton Beam Therapy: The Rolls Royce of Radiation Oncology

Have you heard of “proton beam therapy” (PBT)?

Proton Beam Therapy Rolls RoyceSimply put, PBT is the most advanced radiation therapy technique available. This star wars-like technology has been used in the treatment of malignant and benign tumors since the 1950’s. As of 2011, over 73,000 patients have been treated at proton beam treatment centers around the world. The number of these centers is growing quickly. 

In the U.S., the following cancer programs have (or have announced that they will soon have) PBT available for their patients:

  • James M. Slater, M.D. Proton Treatment and Research Center at Loma Linda University Medical Center
  • The University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute
  • M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s Proton Center, Houston
  • ProCure Proton Therapy Center, Oklahoma City
  • The Roberts Proton Therapy Center at University of PA Health System
  • Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute
  • CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center,Chicago Area, Illinois
  • Indiana University Health Proton Therapy
  • Francis H. Burr Proton Center at Mass. General Hospital
  • ProCure Proton Therapy Center in partnership with Princeton Radiation Oncology Group and CentraState Healthcare System, Somerset, N.J.
  • ProCure Proton Therapy Center in partnership with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle, WA
  • The McLaren Proton Therapy Center, Flint, Michigan
  • The Proton Therapy Center, Knoxville, in partnership with the University of Tennessee Medical Center
  • Proton Institute of New York (a consortium, managed by 21st Century Oncology, which includes: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Beth Israel Medical Center, NYU Langone Medical Center, Montefiore Medical Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center)
  • The Scripps Proton Therapy Center, San Diego, CA
  • Mayo Clinic Proton Beam Therapy Program with locations in Rochester, Minnesota and Phoenix, Arizona
  • University Hospitals, Seidman Cancer Center, Cleveland, Ohio (PBT technology awaiting FDA approval)
  • Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri (PBT technology awaiting FDA approval)
  • Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts (PBT technology awaiting FDA approval)
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Jersey (PBT technology awaiting FDA approval)
  • UCSD Proton/Particle Treatment and Research Center, San Diego, CA (awaiting ground breaking)
  • Maryland Proton Treatment Center, Baltimore, MD (under construction)
  • The Georgia Proton Treatment Center, Atlanta, GA (awaiting ground breaking)
  • Dallas Proton Treatment Center at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (awaiting ground breaking)
  • Texas Oncology, Dallas, TX (awaiting ground breaking)
  • Willis-Knighton Proton Therapy Center, Shreveport, LA (under construction, expected operational in August 2014). Technology: IBA ProteusONE
  • **If want your proton therapy center listed above, please contact me and I will add it**

What makes PBT so unique?

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About Brian D. Lawenda, M.D.

I am an integrative oncologist. I trained at Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School) in radiation oncology and through Stanford-UCLA (Helms Medical Institute) in medical acupuncture. I am the founder of IntegrativeOncology-Essentials.

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