Mayo Clinic announced plans to establish the Mayo Clinic Proton Beam Therapy Program as part of Mayo’s national three-site cancer center in Minnesota, Arizona and Florida. The new program will employ intensity modulated proton therapy — based on pencil beam scanning — which is a more precise form of proton therapy treatment that allows greater control over radiation doses, shorter treatment times and fewer side effects. It is also believed to be more cost effective in selected patients.
As part of the integrated program, Mayo Clinic will build facilities on Mayo’s campuses in Minnesota and Arizona. The first treatment rooms are expected to be operational by late 2014 or early 2015.
Of the existing proton therapy centers in the United States, few use pencil beam scanning exclusively, which uses a narrower beam than a traditional proton beam. All eight treatment rooms at Mayo Clinic’s two facilities will feature this advanced technology.
Below are links to fact sheets that provide insight into proton beam therapy, benefits for patients and the construction timeline.
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In the edited video below, Dr. Foote explains more about the planned Mayo Clinic Proton Beam Therapy Program, including patient benefits and research opportunities. Feel free to embed with your stories.