Mayo Clinic will break ground for a cutting edge cancer therapy facility on December 13 at its hospital campus in Phoenix. Construction begins this month for a massive $182 million facility to house Mayo Clinic’s Proton Beam Therapy program – marking another step toward a new era in cancer treatment.
Steven E. Schild, M.D., Chair, Radiation Oncology, describes how proton beam therapy is a more targeted and precise way of administering radiation therapy. It allows delivery of higher doses of radiation to malignant and benign tumors, while simultaneously minimizing the damage to surrounding healthy tissue and organs.
The goal is to most precisely target protons to ensure they only treat cancerous tumors and spare healthy tissue and organs, maximizing the ability to cure more cancers and help people live longer. Dr. Schild further explains the benefits of treating patients with proton beam therapy.
Chris Hilgemann, director of Facility Project Development, describes the details of the building project in both Rochester, MN and Phoenix, AZ. He includes the construction timeline and the projected costs for both facilities.
WHAT: Groundbreaking for a facility to house Mayo Clinic’s Proton Beam Therapy Program in Arizona
WHO: Speakers include: Phoenix Mayor-elect Greg Stanton; John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic; Wyatt Decker, M.D., vice president and CEO, Mayo Clinic in Arizona; Steven Schild, M.D., chair, Mayo Clinic Department of Radiation Oncology; Michele Halyard, M.D., associate professor of Radiation Oncology, Mayo Clinic; and William Stone, associate professor of surgery, Mayo Clinic.
WHEN: 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011
WHERE: Mayo Clinic Phoenix campus, 5777 E. Mayo Blvd., (56th street and the 101)
Click the below links for images, fact sheets, and the proton therapy program web page.
Journalists: The following video clips with Dr. Schild are available for download.
How proton beam therapy works: MOV
Proton beam therapy benefits: MOV