Palm Beach, South Florida (WiredPRNews.com) — Two sites in South Florida, one in Miami at the University of Miami and one in northern Palm Beach County are planning to develop proton therapy centers. This effort will increase the total to seven proton beam therapy centers of this type in the United States. Proton beams have been labeled as the latest force to revolutionize effective treatment availability for cancer patients. Proton therapy has been identified as a safer means of treating tumors of the brain, spine, organs, soft tissue, and other difficult to treat areas of the body than conventional radiation treatments due to the ability to limit dosage delivery to the tumor and not harm healthy areas of the body.
Proton therapy was introduced decades ago, with the first patient being treated by the innovation in the early 1960s. However, technology restrictions hindered the ability to use pinpointed accuracy for treating tumors during that time. Advancements were made during the early 1990s that made the treatment more suitable for clinical practice. With proton therapy, energy from charged protons is released into a tumor to kill cancer cells. The modern day device used to deliver treatment is a focused beam that can aim and release radiation directly inside a tumor.
The new centers are estimated to cost up to $100 million for each to be built, and provide employment to approximately 100 people total. The Centers’ director, Dr. James Schwade, is also the executive director of other innovative cancer treatment facilities in Florida, the Cyberknife Centers of Miami, Palm Beach, and Tampa Bay. James G. Schwade M.D., FACR, FACRO, FASTRO, also served as chairman for the National Association for Proton Therapy. Schwade suggests that current access to proton therapy is limited to a small number of doctors and patients. He hopes that with more availability of access to this type of specialized treatment for qualified members of the medical community will come more uses for this kind of therapy. For More information visit the the website
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