The facility, located one block from Emory University Hospital Midtown, will be staffed by physicians and other highly skilled proton therapy professionals from Winship Cancer Institute and Emory Healthcare.
Proton therapy is the next generation of radiation oncology. It uses protons to precisely treat cancerous tumors throughout the body. The technology minimizes radiation to the healthy tissue surrounding the tumor and provides a more effective treatment with fewer side effects. The FDA approved therapy is used to treat adult and pediatric cancers including: brain, eye, head and neck, lung, spine, breast and prostate.
Construction on the $200+ million facility was started in 2013. The Center is expected to employ as many as 950 workers onsite. It will further establish Atlanta, Emory and Winship Cancer Institute as centers for biomedical innovation and for advanced cancer care. In addition, researchers at Winship Cancer Institute will collaborate with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Georgia Tech in continued studies on proton beam therapy.
The proton facility is being built in partnership with Advanced Particle Therapy, LLC of San Diego, CA.