Located just a few blocks away from Emory University Hospital Midtown, the 108,000 square feet Emory Proton Therapy Center is currently under construction and is set to open in late 2018.
The facility will be capable of providing proton beam treatments to patients in five treatment rooms and will be an international leader in proton therapy research as well. There will be a full portfolio of Winship Cancer Institute clinical trials available to patients at this new center.
The facility will be equipped with proton therapy technology from Varian Medical Systems, Inc., including pencil beam scanning and intensity modulated proton therapy as well as a robotic positioning system, and a full suite of advanced imaging technology, including on-gantry ConeBeam CT Volumetric imaging. The equipment includes:
- The cyclotron weighs 90 tons and is the source of the proton beam line for the system. It is a compact particle accelerator that uses electromagnetic waves to accelerate particles. Read about the cyclotron's arrival and installation in July 2017.
- The beam line, almost 100 yards in length, travels through the facility and into the five treatment rooms.
- The gantry, weighing 240 tons, is the central structure that makes up a patient treatment room.
What is proton therapy?
Proton therapy is the next generation of radiation oncology. It uses protons to precisely treat cancerous tumors throughout the body and can be more precise than conventional forms of radiation treatment. The technology can minimize radiation to the healthy tissue surrounding the tumor and can provide a potentially more effective treatment with fewer side effects. This FDA-approved therapy is used to treat adult and pediatric cancers including those with tumors in the brain, eye, head and neck, lung, spine, breast or prostate.
Benefits of proton therapy treatment:
- Most precise form of radiation treatment available today. Can destroy primary tumor while leaving surrounding healthy tissue and organs intact and unharmed.
- Avoids many of the usual side effects of standard x-ray radiation.
- Protons can be used in conjunction with other cancer treatment modalities such as chemotherapy and surgery.
- Highly preferred radiation treatment modality option for children with cancer because children are susceptible to injury from standard x-ray radiation as their tissues and organs are growing rapidly.
Once opened, the Emory Proton Therapy Center will be staffed by physicians and other highly skilled proton therapy professionals from Winship Cancer Institute and Emory Healthcare. For employment opportunities, visit Emory Healthcare's website and search for "proton".
For patient care questions, please contact (404) 778-3473.
For media inquiries, please contact (404) 778-4580.
Georgia Proton Treatment Center (GPTC), LLC, owns the building and the land and is financing the operations of the Emory Proton Therapy Center. GPTC is owned by Provident Resources Group Inc., a non-profit organization. To contact GPTC, call Ashley Preisinger, President at (770) 217-7565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
- Emory University School of Medicine
Dr. McDonald specializes in the treatment of skull base tumors, head and neck cancer, and tumors of the brain and spine, as well as proton therapy.