Healthcare Industry News: Proton Therapy
News Release - November 12, 2009
First Patients Complete Treatment at ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma CityOKLAHOMA CITY--(HSMN NewsFeed)--The first group of patients have completed treatment at the ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City, the sixth center in the country to provide Proton Therapy, an alternative to X-ray radiation that spares healthy tissue and results in far fewer short- and long-term treatment side effects.
Sam McElvany, 54, was among the first patients treated at the Center. “I always left the Center feeling better than I came in,” said McElvany, a school superintendent from Wewoka, Okla. treated for prostate cancer. “Few people can say that during cancer treatment. The folks here made me feel like I was the most important person in the world and the treatment was painless.”
“We are thrilled with our patients’ treatment results thus far and are about to open additional treatment rooms, which will increase our capacity and our ability to help more patients,” said W.C. Goad, M.D., medical director of the Center and a founder of Radiation Medicine Associates (RMA).
Patients with head and neck, brain, central nervous system, prostate and some pediatric cancers, among others, will be treated at the 60,000 sq. ft. facility. Patients are coming to the Center from all over the state of Oklahoma as well as from neighboring states. The Center has four treatment rooms and will be at full capacity by next summer and able to treat 1,500 patients a year. Patient care includes coordination of needed medical services, patient and family support groups, dietary services, a knowledge center and resource library and a concierge service that assists patients and their families with logistics.
“ProCure was founded to increase access to Proton Therapy and provide exceptional patient care. Now that the first patients have completed treatment, we’ve officially realized our dream and are anxious to open more centers to make this important therapy closer to home for patients with cancer across the country,” said Hadley Ford, chief executive officer of ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc.
The ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City is the first in ProCure's network of Proton Therapy centers to provide this advanced radiation therapy to patients with cancer. Currently, construction is under way on a ProCure facility in suburban Chicago and ProCure has centers in development in suburban Detroit, South Florida, Seattle and Somerset, New Jersey.
Clinical care at the Oklahoma City Center is being provided by Radiation Medicine Associates (RMA), one of the state's leading radiation oncology practices. Collectively, RMA's physicians have more than 70 years experience in the field, and are known for clinical excellence and for pioneering new technologies and approaches in patient care. The Center also has an affiliation with INTEGRIS Health, the state's largest hospital system. INTEGRIS's new, state-of-the art Cancer Institute of Oklahoma, located adjacent to the ProCure Center, will open next week and provide patients with additional medical services that they may need while undergoing Proton Therapy.
About 60,000 people worldwide have been treated with protons - more than 30,000 in the U.S. - since it was first used more than 50 years ago. More than 3,200 of the 18,000 Oklahomans diagnosed with cancer this year would be considered candidates for Proton Therapy. The treatment has become more widely available as imaging technology has advanced and tumors can be precisely located and defined, which is important with Proton Therapy.
ABOUT PROCURE TREATMENT CENTERS
ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc., based in Bloomington, Ind., was founded in 2005 to improve the lives of patients with cancer by increasing access to Proton Therapy. ProCure collaborates with leading radiation oncology practices and hospitals and provides management leadership and a comprehensive approach for the design, construction, financing, staffing, training and day-to-day operations of world-class Proton Therapy centers. ProCure's solution reduces the time, cost and effort necessary to create a facility. ProCure is the only company in the world with a center open and treating patients, another under construction (Warrenville, Ill.) and four others in development (Seattle; Somerset, N.J.; South Florida; and Detroit, Mich.). ProCure's Training and Development Center is the first facility in the world dedicated exclusively to Proton Therapy. For more information, visit www.procure.com.
About Radiation Medicine Associates (RMA)
Radiation Medicine Associates, a leading radiation oncology practice in Oklahoma City, is bringing Proton Therapy, the most advanced external radiation therapy treatment, to Oklahoma City. They are well known and respected clinical physicians with a long history of clinical excellence. The doctors practice at the leading institutions in the area and have pioneered the newest and most appropriate cancer treatment technologies in the community. The physicians are longstanding members of the Oklahoma community who have dedicated their professional lives to the improvement of cancer treatment.
About INTEGRIS Health
INTEGRIS Health is the state's largest Oklahoma-owned not-for-profit healthcare corporation, with hospitals, rehabilitation centers, physician clinics, mental health facilities, fitness centers, independent living centers and home health agencies throughout much of the state. Through its affiliates, INTEGRIS Health operates 13 hospitals, led in the Oklahoma City area by INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center and INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center. The organization has affiliated mental health providers in 50 Oklahoma towns and cities, and offers hospice services through Hospice of Oklahoma County.
Source: ProCure Treatment Centers
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