Planning, Developing, Building and Operating Proton Therapy Centers to Bring the Leading Edge of Cancer treatment to More Patients. Featuring Real World Case Studies, Research Finding, Organizational Models and Outcomes from Proton Therapy centers and facilities.
The Roberts Proton Therapy Center is the largest and most advanced facility in the world for the precise form of cancer radiation, housed within Penn Medicine’s Department of Radiation Oncology. Patients here have access to one of science’s most sophisticated weapons against cancer, which is seamlessly integrated with a full range of oncology services at Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center.
The Roberts Proton Therapy Center is comprised of up to five treatment rooms, four gantries (90-ton rotational machines designed to deliver the therapeutic beam at the precise angle prescribed by the physician), and one fixed-beam room. The Roberts Proton Therapy Center has the most advanced options available for patient positioning and comfort, and also includes a separate research room.
Approximately 75,000 square feet in size, the Roberts Proton Therapy Center is located in a mostly underground building interconnected to to the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.
The Roberts Proton Therapy Center is equipped by the Ion Beam Application, S.A. (IBA) company based in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium and cost approximately $140 million. The building was designed by Building design by Tsoi, Kobus and Associates and has been contracted with Driscoll / McKissack.
“There’s a huge opportunity to gain with protons even if we can’t cure more patients, but I think we will. But even if we didn’t, there would still be a huge gain from a financial point of view, not to mention the most important thing—quality-of-life issues to reduce morbidity with protons.”
Stephen M. Hahn, MD, Chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Henry K. Pancoast Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Oncology Times
The conference is ideally suited for administrators and other health care professionals involved in the care of Oncology patients – Representing the Oncology. Oncology Imaging, Radiology Departments of Community Hospitals, Health Systems, Academic Medical Centers, and Hospital Networks.
Elekta is a human care company pioneering significant innovations and clinical solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders. The company develops advanced tools and treatment planning systems for radiation therapy, radiosurgery and brachytherapy, as well as workflow enhancing software systems across the cancer care spectrum. Through its products and services, Elekta aims to improve, prolong and save patient lives. Elekta solutions in oncology and neurosurgery are used in over 6,000 hospitals globally. Elekta, with corporate headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, employs approximately 3,000 people globally.
IBA develops, manufactures and supports medical devices and software solutions for cancer treatment by proton beam therapy, for cancer diagnosis and for patient quality assurance (Dosimetry).
In addition, the company partners with healthcare leaders to provide cancer clinics and academic health centers with a fully-integrated approach of the patient flow. Today, IBA solutions in oncology are used in over 3,000 hospitals worldwide.
Its expertise in particle accelerators enables IBA to provide also sterilization and ionization solutions for the industry. Headquartered in Belgium, IBA operates in more than 40 countries in North America, Europe & Asia. IBA is listed on the pan-European stock exchange EURONEXT.
Veritas Medical Solutions manufactures pre-engineered radiation shielding systems designed for fast and efficient modular construction of proton therapy centers ranging from large multi-room facilities to smaller single treatment room designs. Equipment-specific shielding designs are available for all major machine types and utilize innovative VeriShield TM radiation shielding modules and groundbreaking Veritas bi-parting radiation shielded entry doors. Veritas bi-parting Proton doors represent the world’s first direct entry door system for use in proton facilities, and have been successfully installed at the Provision Center for Proton Therapy in Knoxville, TN.
Varian Medical Systems is the world’s leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy, and brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers, and medical oncology practices. Varian is a premier supplier of tubes and digital detectors for X-ray imaging in medical, scientific, and industrial applications and also supplies X-ray imaging products for cargo screening and industrial inspection.
Still River Systems, Inc. is the pioneering developer of modern proton therapy systems. Still River Systems provides innovative, safe, and effective solutions by transforming advances in medical technology and science into practical clinical reality.
VOA Associates Incorporated is committed to delivering remarkable client service and award-winning design for the built environment. Founded by Wilmont Vickrey in 1969, we have always been driven by three core values: partnering with clients, developing a humanistic approach to great design, and creating a nurturing culture that attracts the very best people and talent.
We listen, understand client needs, integrate our expertise, and deliver effective and efficient solutions. The result is distinctive, acclaimed spaces that enhance the environment and improve the human experience—places for people to heal, learn, work, and play.
The National Association for Proton Therapy (NAPT) is registered as an independent, non-profit, public benefit corporation providing education and awareness for the public, professional and governmental communities. Founded in 1990, it promotes the therapeutic benefits of proton therapy for cancer treatment in the U.S. and abroad.
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