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Siteman Cancer Center Treats First Patient With First-of-Its-Kind Proton Therapy System
Date:12/19/2013

to result in blindness or other complications, said Bradley, who also is the S. Lee Kling Professor of Radiation Oncology at Washington University.

A superconducting synchrocyclotron proton accelerator is a key component of the new proton therapy system. The relatively small size of the device allows it to fit in a single room that isn’t much larger than a traditional radiation therapy room. Watch a video about the technology: http://goo.gl/WnO5LE. The cost of this single-vault proton therapy system was about $20 million. That represents a fraction of the investment needed for traditional proton therapy systems, which typically are housed in football field-sized buildings and cost in excess of $150 million.

“Our team of Washington University radiation oncologists and physicists has been instrumental in developing treatment planning and quality assurance processes for this technology,” Bradley said. “We’re now focused on using it to provide the best possible care for our patients.”

The S. Lee Kling Proton Therapy Center plans to treat 20 to 25 patients a day. Treatment will typically require daily 30-minute sessions for two months. The center will serve the region and the Midwest. The next closest location offering proton therapy is 225 miles away.

“The Siteman Cancer Center is pleased to be able to provide this new type of proton therapy,” said Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, Siteman’s director. “As partners in the development of this technology, we are translating cutting-edge science into better treatment options for our patients.”

The Proton Therapy Center was named after S. Lee Kling, a visionary St. Louisan who had to travel to the East Coast to receive proton therapy for an eye tumor. Kling, the former chairman of

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