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Proton Beam Therapy may be coming to New York

by Barbara Kram, Editor | June 29, 2010
Facilities align to develop
New York proton center
Boston has protons. Philadelphia has protons. California and Florida, too. As do the Midwest and Texas. So why doesn't the New York metropolitan area have a medical facility that offers proton beam therapy?

Now it seems there's a space race to fill the void of access to this form of advanced radiation oncology, which uses radioactive particles to target tumors.

Crain's New York Business reports that three separate hospital groups are vying to be the first to bring proton beam therapy to the big apple. The groups include teams from North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and SUNY; Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Beth Israel, NYU Langone, Mount Sinai, Montefiore and New York-Presbyterian; and another partnership of Vassar Brothers Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian.

Meanwhile, as reported in DOTmed News in April, ProCure Treatment Centers, Princeton Radiation Oncology (PRO), and CentraState Healthcare System broke ground on the ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset, N.J., located 40 miles from downtown Manhattan.

DOTmed News has been invited to tour South Korea's proton therapy facility in the nation's National Cancer Center next month. Watch DOTmed.com for coverage.