Mayo Clinic plans to begin construction this month on a $182 million facility in Phoenix that will house the health system's proton-beam therapy program.
Construction to start on Mayo proton-beam center
The 20-hospital system also plans to build a $188 million proton-beam therapy facility in Rochester, Minn., where Mayo Clinic is based, according to a news release. The groundbreaking was held in September.
The Arizona and Minnesota campuses will have a total of eight treatment rooms that will offer proton beam therapy treatment. The Rochester treatment rooms are slated to open in 2015; the first of the Arizona treatment rooms are expected to open the following year.
Both facilities will each employ about 130 staff members, including around 13 physicians at each site.
The proton-beam therapy program will employ a more precise form of proton therapy, called pencil beam scanning, which allows for greater control over radiation doses, shorter treatment times and fewer side effects.
"As more people in the United States survive cancer, the long-term management of cancer patients becomes more important,” said Dr. Steven Schild, chair of the radiation oncology department at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, in the release. "Proton therapy offers the possibility to treat recurrences in patients who have undergone previous radiation therapy procedures to potentially extend their survival."
Mayo Clinic said it plans to use a patient registry to track patients who receive proton-therapy treatment. A 2010 news release said proton-therapy treatment may be more cost-effective for some patients.
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