The Roberts Proton Therapy Center in Pennsylvania, opening in 2009 is advertised as the “largest” in the world and there are enough “qualifiers” to verify that in 2009.
However, the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) in Virginia opening in 2010 also claims to be the “largest proton treatment facility in the world”.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma through ProCure plans to open a Proton Center in 2009 and they make no claims as to size.
From my point of view, I don’t care, I’m just thrilled that the “coming on line” of these three new Proton Centers is imminent.
My opinion, based on my personal experience at Loma Linda in 1999, and that of many others treated with protons whom I have met, is that proton therapy is the new Gold Standard. It is a treatment without the unpleasant side effects often mentioned in articles on other forms of “radiation” or surgery of any kind.
Just ask your doctor a simple question, “Is the Radiation you propose based on X-Rays as the primary radiation treatment?” If that answer is Yes! and unless it is Protons, that will be the answer, meaning that you are going to have some degree of tissue damage as the X-rays are unstoppable once applied.
Protons on the other hand are completely controllable and with minor additional precautions my personal results from treatment that ended 8 years and 10th months ago are wonderful.
Every day I thank GOD that I found about Protons in early 1999.