Past Coverage of Proton Beam Therapy

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Past Coverage of Proton Beam Therapy

Building Boom of Proton Centers Flares Up in Washington and Baltimore

Health systems in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore area are creating a massive capacity for delivering proton beam therapy. Together, the three centers now under construction will be able to treat 3,225 patients per year.
By way of comparison, the MD Anderson Cancer Center proton beam center treated 700 patients in 2011. One of the pioneers of the modality, Massachusetts General Hospital, has treated 6,550 patients since the launch of its proton beam center in 2001 through 2012, according to the Particle Therapy Cooperative Group.

Conversation with Walter Curran – Proton Therapy: What’s Known and What’s Not

The American Association of University Professors sent a letter to Ronald DePinho, president of MD Anderson Cancer Center, urging the reinstatement of two faculty members who were denied tenure renewal without stated reasons.

The letter is a part of AAUP’s response to a request for an investigation, which was triggered by the administration’s refusal to provide justification for denying tenure renewals to faculty who received unanimous votes for renewal from the Faculty Senate Promotions & Tenure Committee.

photoNew Cyclotron Delivered to University of Maryland, Instigating D.C.-Area Proton Radiation Competition

BALTIMORE—Constructed in Germany, shipped to the port of Baltimore, and driven through downtown during the night, the 90-ton cyclotron arrived at the University of Maryland’s Proton Treatment Center.

A suitably massive crane slowly lowered the plastic-wrapped machine at a rate of 12 inches per hour through the roof to its concrete resting place, completing its work at 3:30 p.m., June 13. Engineers and construction workers swarmed the cyclotron to check whether all parts were appropriately bolted and secured before giving the lines any slack.


Letter to the Editor: Expanding the Horizons of Proton Beam Therapy

The Cancer Letter recently published information regarding proton therapy facilities in the U.S., highlighting a contention that 85 percent of patients treated with protons have prostate cancer, the logical implication of which would be that this important resource is utilized minimally for other cancers. In this response, we wish to correct this erroneous impression and also wish to highlight the direction that this technology is moving in.

Colorado Institutions Vying to Build First Carbon Ion Center in the U.S.

The University of Colorado and Colorado State University are vying to become the first institution to build a carbon-ion radiotherapy research and treatment facility in the U.S. The treatment modality is available in Europe and Japan.

Officials at the two universities are exploring the feasibility of building a $300 million research and treatment facility at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

Their first step is to conduct a $200,000 feasibility study for the project.


President Joe Biden’s proposed Advanced Research Projects Agency-Health would be a welcome partner to NCI—particularly in conducting large, collaborative clinical investigations, NCI Director Ned Sharpless said.“I think having ARPA-H as part of the NIH is good for the NCI,” Sharpless said April 11 in his remarks at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. “How this would fit with the ongoing efforts in cancer at the NCI is still something to work out.”