Crews hoisted the 125-ton cyclotron into the Proton Therapy Center at Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus. The equipment, which will be used for targeted cancer treatment, made a long journey by land and sea from Germany. A special crane, weighing 800 tons, was used to lower the cancer therapy equipment into place.

The cyclotron will deliver an advanced form of radiation treatment for pediatric cancers that can precisely pinpoint a tumor while avoiding damage to surrounding healthy tissue. The newly available treatment will replace conventional radiation treatments for more than 80 percent of cancer patients treated at Cincinnati Children’s.

The 80,000 square-foot Proton Therapy Center is scheduled to open in late 2016/early 2017.

The Proton Therapy Center

Focused Radiation Therapy Will Reduce Long-Term Side Effects of Collateral Radiation

At Cincinnati Children’s, we are committed to advancing knowledge and offering the most progressive treatments possible to optimize outcomes for children and young adults with cancers and leukemias. Opening in late 2016 on our Liberty Campus, our Proton Therapy Center — one of only two such centers in the nation owned by a children’s hospital — will provide a new kind of focused radiation treatment that minimizes damage to areas surrounding tumors. The medical procedure itself involves a type of particle therapy utilizing a beam of protons to irradiate diseased tissue with a more precise radiation dose when compared to traditional radiation.

More than four out of five of our cancer patients will be able to benefit from this therapy, which is intended to reduce long-term side effects caused by collateral radiation to nearby healthy tissues.

John Perentesis, MD, FAAP, is the director of the Division of Oncology at Cincinnati Children’s. He envisions a dramatic change in pediatric cancer care in the near future.

“We are committed to developing the newest and most advanced treatments for cancers and leukemias in children and young adults. Our new proton therapy and research center will provide leading-edge treatment essential for the care of our patients,” he says. “And allow us to attract the best physicians and researchers to take this technology to the next level.”

The Proton Therapy Center, operated in conjunction with University of Cincinnati Medical Center and University of Cincinnati Physicians, will feature three treatment bays, or gantries, with additional space for a fourth bay to be built when needed. One gantry will be devoted to pediatric patients, one to adults, and one exclusively to research. The research specific bay will be the only proton gantry in the world fully dedicated to clinical research, and will help Cincinnati Children’s attract the world’s best physicians and researchers to launch this exciting technology to the next level.

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