Proton Center Celebrates 100 Patients Treated
South suburban man’s ‘graduation’ marks milestone for Illinois’ first proton therapy center
WARRENVILLE, Ill. (July 14, 2011) –The CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center, celebrated a major milestone Thursday as its 100th patient completed treatment for cancer at the state’s first proton therapy center. The patient, James Tonkin, 63, of Plainfield, Ill., was joined by many of the Center’s patients, friends and family members during a “graduation” ceremony with representatives from Central DuPage Hospital (CDH), Radiation Oncology Consultants and ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc. (ProCure).
“We have been very encouraged by the positive results our patients continue to see,” said William Hartsell, M.D., medical director of the CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center. “Although a majority of our patients have come from nearby cities and states, we have been very fortunate to be able to offer the power of proton therapy to patients from 12 states across the country and overseas.”
Since opening on October 19, 2010, the Center has used proton therapy to treat patients with noncancerous tumors as well as cancerous tumors in the brain, central nervous system, head and neck, lung, gastrointestinal tract and prostate, as well as sarcomas and many pediatric cancers. Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation treatment and important alternative to standard X-ray radiation for patients with cancer. The precision of proton therapy spares healthy tissue and results in far fewer short- and long-term treatment side effects.