Proton Treatment Expands Capacity, Types of Cancer Tumors Treated
Addition of a rotating gantry expands number of treatment slots available to patients
WARRENVILLE, Ill., (March 9, 2011) – The CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center, in suburban Chicago, is now able to treat a wider variety of cancer tumors with the opening of a treatment room with a gantry, a nearly 100-ton rotating steel wheel that allows the proton beam to be directed at the tumor from any angle. Opening the gantry expands the number and types of patients the Center can treat with proton therapy, an alternative to standard X-ray radiation for cancer that spares healthy tissue and results in far fewer short- and long-term treatment side effects.
“The opening of this, our third treatment room is great news for patients who could benefit from proton therapy,” said William Hartsell, M.D., medical director of the CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center. “The gantry in particular allows us to treat more clinically challenging tumors because the proton beam can be very precisely rotated 360 degrees around the patient.”
The Center, which opened in October 2010, has four treatment rooms and will be able to treat up to 1,500 patients per year when all four are open. The Center plans to start operating a second shift to accommodate more patients in the rooms already open before commissioning the fourth and final room.
“The opening of the gantry room brings us one step closer to helping as many patients with cancer as possible in Illinois and the surrounding region,” said James R. Williams, president of the CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center. “With an estimated 11,000 Illinois residents this year alone who stand to benefit from proton therapy, the need for this advanced treatment is great.”
Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation treatment and an important alternative to standard X-ray radiation for many patients with cancer and for some non-cancerous tumors. Proton therapy has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of a broad range of tumor types including brain, central nervous system, gastrointestinal, head and neck, lung and prostate as well as sarcomas and many pediatric cancers. The precision of proton therapy makes it especially effective for treating children and adults with anatomically complex tumors such base of skull and tumors along the spinal cord.
The CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center is the second in a network of centers developed and operated by ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc (ProCure). Conveniently located near Rt. 88 on Weaver Parkway in Warrenville, the 60,000 sq. ft. proton center is just the ninth center of its kind in the country. The CDH Cancer Center, located adjacent to the proton therapy center, provides comprehensive cancer care in a single, convenient outpatient location and houses a variety of radiation oncology treatment services and offers many social services to assist patients and their families.
Patients at the proton therapy center benefit from the collaboration involving Central DuPage Hospital (CDH), Radiation Oncology Consultants (ROC) and ProCure. Clinical care at the proton center is being provided by physicians from ROC, the state's largest private practice radiation oncology group. ROC is one of the top radiation oncology practices in the Chicago area, with 15 physicians who treat a comprehensive array of tumor types, caring for more patients than any other radiation oncology practice in Illinois.
Pediatric patients being treated for central nervous system tumors will benefit from support services provided by medical professionals from Children’s Memorial Hospital, ranked among the top 10 children’s hospitals nationally for pediatric oncology by U.S. News & World Report. Children’s Memorial is the Chicago region’s largest provider of pediatric oncology and hematology services.
To learn more about proton therapy and CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center, visit http://www.procure.com/il or call 877-887-5807. For photos of the gantry and other equipment from the Center visit http://www.procure.com/Media/IllinoisCenterMedia.aspx.
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About CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center:
CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center, Warrenville, Ill., is one of only a handful of facilities in the country that offer proton therapy, an advanced form of radiation to treat cancer. The Center is the first and only proton center in Illinois and will treat about 1,500 patients a year. The precision of proton therapy spares healthy tissue and results in far fewer short- and long-term side effects than treatment with standard X-ray radiation therapy. Proton therapy has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of a broad range of tumor types. The CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center, is a collaboration between Central DuPage Hospital, Radiation Oncology Consultants and ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc. ProCure was founded in 2005 in Bloomington, Ind., and is developing a network of proton therapy centers in cities across the United States. For more information, visit www.procure.com/il.