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ProCure and INTEGRIS Choose Elekta for Proton Therapy and Cancer Centers
Date:8/12/2009

OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc., and INTEGRIS Health will use Elekta's MOSAIQ(R) Oncology Information System and XiO(R) treatment planning solutions to manage and optimize its clinical and administrative workflows at the newly opened ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City, and the INTEGRIS Cancer Institute of Oklahoma (ICIO), a comprehensive cancer care center that will open this fall.

The ProCure Proton Therapy Center, only the sixth proton center in the United States, opened July 8. It shares a campus with the ICIO, which will provide a continuum of care for proton therapy patients who need the extra services.

ProCure collaborates with leading radiation oncologists and hospitals to develop proton centers. The Oklahoma facility will serve 1,500 patients a year and is the first in a network of ProCure centers to open. A center in suburban Chicago is under construction, scheduled to open in early 2011, and will also use Elekta products. ProCure has centers in development in south Florida and Detroit, Mich.

Proton therapy is an alternative to standard X-ray radiation that causes less damage to healthy tissue and fewer side effects. It is indicated for the treatment of certain solid tumors, particularly those that are located near critical organs or structures, such as the brain or heart, and for treating tumors in pediatric patients.

"Protons give a much lower dose to the surrounding tissues which, in turn, allows for a higher dose to the tumor than with X-ray radiation," said Niek Schreuder, senior vice president of medical physics and technology for ProCure. "This will potentially improve outcomes while reduc
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