• UF Health expands Proton Therapy Institute


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The UF Health Proton Therapy Institute announced Wednesday the expansion of the program.

    Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation therapy that uses protons rather than traditional X-rays, according to program officials.

    The program will increase the number of patients and types of cancers it will treat. The project is estimated to cost $39 million which will include system upgrades.

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    The upgrades will improve treatment efficiency and increase patient capacity by 25 percent, according to program officials. The project will also include a 10,000-square-foot expansion with another proton accelerator and equipment for advanced delivery technique.

    “When the project is completed, UF Health Proton Therapy Institute will have one of the most versatile proton therapy systems in the world,” said executive director Stuart L. Klein, MHA. “Each delivery technique – double scattering, uniform scanning and pencil beam scanning – will enable physicians to use the optimal treatment delivery customized for each patient.”

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    The first phase of the project is expected to be complete by June 2016, which was partially funded by a $5.8 million budget by the Florida Legislature. The second phase includes construction and installation of the single-room proton therapy system, which bids have been issued and vendors are expected to be chosen in January.

    The third phase includes retrofitting one treatment gantry with a dedicated pencil beam scanning nozzle. The pencil beam scanning offers clinical advantages for treating certain kinds of cancer, officials said.

    For more information about the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, visit its website or call toll-free 877-686-6009.

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