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February 2, 2014

Scripps Proton Therapy Center Celebrates Grand Opening Feb. 2014SAN DIEGO – February 19, 2014 – Advanced Particle Therapy, LLC. celebrated the grand opening of the Scripps Proton Therapy Center in San Diego, CA today. The $220 million, state-of-the-art facility has already begun treating cancer patients with the most advanced form of radiation therapy available – proton therapy.

Proton therapy uses accelerated particles (protons) to precisely treat cancerous tumors throughout the body. Proton therapy is more precise than conventional forms of radiation treatment, delivering an exact, high dose of radiation to a tumor site while sparing surrounding healthy tissue and organs from damage. This sparing of healthy tissue means patients are better able to tolerate the highest doses of radiation and help avoid treatment-related secondary cancers and chronic diseases.

Scripps Proton Therapy Center will be operated by Scripps Health and Scripps Clinic Medical Group whose physician and physicist team bring more than 90 years of combined proton experience. The center is the nation’s 15th proton facility and will be the first in the country to treat patients exclusively with the ultra-accurate “pencil-beam scanning” technology.

“Pencil-beam scanning allows doctors to  treat larger and more complicated tumors, while sparing more normal tissue and producing about one-tenth as many carcinogenic neutrons,” said Carl Rossi, M.D., the center’s medical director. “We’re essentially breaking down each tumor into thousands of tiny cubes, and then ‘painting’ each individual cube with radiation, layer by layer.”

December 12, 2013

Scripps Proton Therapy Center in the NY Times Sunday ReviewThe Scripps Proton Therapy Center was featured in The New York Times Sunday Review Exposures edition. The photo essay from photographer Kim Steele features cutting-edge technology from a close perspective.

See the piece here.

September 9, 2013

September 30, 2013

The Scripps Proton Therapy Center and the design/construction firm, The Haskell Company, has been awarded an Award of Merit for the project by ENR California. This year, the publication noted that there were more than 100 entries for projects located in California and Hawaii. The awards will be held in December 2013.

September 9, 2013

Due to decreased side effects, it may also be cost-saving
ASTRO Press Release - Proton Therapy Cost Effective for Pedatric CancerAtlanta, September 22, 2013
Proton therapy, an external beam radiotherapy in which protons deliver precise radiation doses to a tumor and spare healthy organs and tissues, is cost - effective in treating medulloblastomas, fast-growing brain tumors that mainly affect children, when compared to standard photon radiation therapy, according to research presented today at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO’s) 55th Annual Meeting.

The results presented by physicians from Mount Auburn Hospita, the teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, indicate: