I have completed eight years of a great life after being diagnosed with prostate Cancer in 1999 and treated in 1999 at Loma Linda Medical Center’s, Proton Treatment facility in Loma Linda, California, completing that treatment on August 27, 1999.
At the time of my treatment you could only find two USA facilities that could treat you for Prostate cancer with Protons. LOOK AT THE LINKS tab above.
SINCE THEN three other centers have opened and are fully functioning at Bloomington, Indiana, (Midwest Radiotherapy Center), Houston , Texas (MD Anderson’s Proton Treatment facility), and Jacksonville Florida’s Proton Institute.
HERE’S THE HISTORY:
Robert Wilson in a paper published in 1946 while he was involved in the design of the Harvard Cyclotron Laboratory (HCL). The first treatments were performed at Particle accelerators built for physics research, notably Berkeley Ca, in 1954 and at Uppsala in Sweden in 1957.
In 1961, a collaboration began between HCL and the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) to pursue proton therapy. Over the next 41 years this program refined and expanded these techniques while treating 9,116 patients before the Cyclotron was shut down in 2002.
Following this pioneering work, the first hospital based proton treatment center in the United States was built in 1990 at Loma Linda University Medical Center, California (LLUMC), renamed the James M. Slater Proton Therapy Center. The Northeast Proton Therapy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital (recently renamed the Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center), was next, to which the HCl treatment program was transferred in 2001-2002.
Over 44,000 patients have been effectively been treated with proton therapy worldwide. The University of Pennsylvania is slated to open the biggest proton therapy institute in the world (in the Center for Advanced Medicine) in 2009. See what Ms. Murer has to say about Northern Illinois University’s Proton plans.
Touro University on Mare Island near San Francisco plans to spend 1.2 billion dollars to open their new proton Center and others are planned.
September 10, 2007