View of February 2014 construction at the Emory Proton Treatment Center
The Emory Proton Therapy Center, Winship Cancer Institute, is a state-of-the-art cancer treatment center that will deliver proton therapy to the Atlanta region, the state of Georgia and surrounding states as well. This groundbreaking Center, funded by The Georgia Proton Treatment Center, LLC and operated by Emory Healthcare, will span more than 107,000 square feet and is expected to cost approximately $200+ million to complete.
Once fully operational, the Emory Proton Therapy Center, Winship Cancer Institute, will have the capacity to treat approximately 2,200 patients annually with the potential to improve medical outcomes, reduce side effects, and promote the understanding of the use of advanced technologies in cancer therapy such as proton therapy.
Proton therapy is a non-invasive cancer treatment performed on an outpatient basis. Patients typically receive approximately 30 treatments during a 4-5 week period. Each treatment requires a 20 minute appointment after which the patient is free to carry on their daily affairs.
Emory Healthcare has partnered with Advanced Particle Therapy, LLC to design, build, equip, commission and initiate operation of the Emory Proton Therapy Center. As of November 2012, the land for the Center has been secured and construction began in March 2013.
Varian Medical Systems, a worldwide firm that specializes in providing proton therapy and radiation oncology equipment, will furnish the proton therapy center with five FDA-approved proton system treatment rooms.
Emory Healthcare will staff the Center with proton therapy-trained professionals, providing radiation oncologists, medical physicists, radiation therapists, medical support and administrative staff to the Center.
The cutting-edge Varian ProBeam Technology used in the Emory Proton Therapy Center.
Dr. Ian Crocker of Emory, speaks about the benefits of proton therapy to treat cancer.