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Why MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center?

A pioneer in radiation oncology and cancer care, MD Anderson has paved the way for more effective radiation therapy around the world. Our Proton Therapy Center is an international center of excellence for proton therapy, research and education. It is the world’s first proton therapy facility located within a comprehensive cancer center. In fact, MD Anderson has been ranked one of the nation’s top two hospitals for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1990.

Our world-renowned cancer experts bring a wealth of experience and knowledge in helping patients triumph over cancer, and that expertise also exists in using proton therapy radiation as a tool to help our patients fight – and beat – cancer.

A Team Approach

At the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center, our highly skilled and experienced cancer care team includes radiation oncologists, pediatric radiation oncologists, research nurses, registered nurses, radiation therapists, medical dosimetrists, physicists and other cancer professionals who work to provide an individualized treatment plan for each patient’s cancer. In many cases, our cancer specialists work hand-in-hand with other centers within MD Anderson to give patients the full benefit of the resources of one of the nation's top-ranked cancer centers.

Our multidisciplinary team also includes a dedicated, on-site pediatric anesthesia team, a registered dietician, a child life specialist and two social workers.

Advanced Treatment in a Caring Environment

The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center is home to some of the most sophisticated, high-tech equipment available – all used to deliver powerful, precise proton therapy treatment to our patients.

Within our 96,000-square-feet of space, the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center houses four treatment rooms that include one fixed beam room and three equipped with gantries. Each gantry is three stories tall, 35 feet in diameter, weighs 190 tons and rotates around a patient to direct the proton beam precisely at the cancerous tumor.

The center also includes clinical space and examination rooms for consultations and patient visits, anesthesiology work areas, holding and recovery areas, medical dosimetry areas for treatment planning and other areas specifically related to the care, treatment, education and research of proton technology. Additionally, the Proton Therapy Center has a dedicated, on-site machine shop that produces the apertures and other pieces needed to precisely and effectively deliver proton therapy to our patients.

All of this is conveniently located just south of the main Texas Medical Center. Patients and their families are able to drive right up and enjoy free parking in the surface lot in front of the building.

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Meet Our Survivors

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Since treating our first patient in May 2006, the dedicated team at the Proton Therapy Center has helped countless patients overcome cancer and get back to living their lives. Click here to read our patient survivor stories.

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