Map of US Proton Treatment Centers

Posted by Jay Rolls on January 25th, 2014 — Posted in General, Proton Facilities

I thought it would be helpful to readers and visitors to have a visual map of the proton treatment centers around the US. Many people will want to know geographically where the nearest center is to their home, and this gives you a quick glance of both centers in operations, as well as those that are under construction. If you notice a center that is missing, please let us know – post a comment to this blog post.

We grant others permission to use these graphics as long as you give credit back to ProstateBlog.com.

Click on the Map for a larger version. For a list of all the facilities and links to their web pages, you can go HERE.

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5 Comments »

Comment by Michael

University of California, San Francisco has a low energy proton center and cannot treat prostates, but they do treat many other tumors with protons.

Posted on January 25, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Comment by Jay Rolls

Good catch Michael. Map has been updated.

Posted on January 26, 2014 at 11:47 am

Comment by Michael

I looked into the UCSF proton facility, and it looks like they focus (no pun intended) on ocular melanoma, so my previous “many other tumors”, may only describe number, not variety.

Also, I just attended a meeting today where it was claimed that there are now 13 proton centers treating prostate cancer in the US today, but they didn’t say where the 2 newest ones were.

At that same meeting, someone claimed that an individual practitioner in Jacksonville was offering proton therapy. Treatment for prostate cancer was implied, but not explicitly claimed. There’s a site named jacksonvilleproton.com which touts brachytherapy and thoroughly disses proton therapy, to the point where I don’t believe anything they say.

Posted on January 26, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Comment by Michael

A new provider in the proton therapy world is Mevion Medical Systems. They currently have one clinically operational installation in:

S. Lee Kling Proton Therapy Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital
St. Louis, MO.

They list 5 more sites as “under installation”, including First Coast Oncology in Jacksonville, about 12 miles south of UFPTI. That machine was delivered last weekend. They also list 4 more sites in the planning and contract stages, totalling 10 more sites on-line in the next few years.

Their system, the “S250″, uses superconducting magnet technology in a synchronous cyclotron to deliver 250MEV protons more efficiently with a smaller, less expensive accelerator than the previous generation of cyclotrons. Each machine serves only one treatment room, but otherwise uses the same science to provide the therapy to treat prostate and possibly other cancers.

This can only be good news for the proton therapy community, and may server to drive down the cost. They have a basic web site at http://www.mevion.com.

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 7:14 am

Comment by Jay Rolls

Thanks Michael – I’ve added that facility to the map as well as the links on the Facilities page.

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 9:29 pm

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