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Region’s First Proton Center Helps More than 500 Patients in the Fight Against Cancer

Region’s First Proton Center Helps More than 500 Patients in the Fight Against Cancer

Past and present patients, families, friends, staff and physicians of the SCCA Proton Therapy Center gathered this week to commemorate the milestone of treating more than 500 adult and pediatric cancer patients.  A celebratory luncheon took place at the Center, located on UW Medicine’s Northwest Hospital & Medical Center campus, and several past patients from around the globe shared on social media what this moment meant to them. The Center opened its doors in the spring of 2013 and is the only proton therapy treatment facility in a five-state region.

The proton center attracts patients both nationally and internationally. Patients at the SCCA Proton Therapy Center benefit from the pairing of top cancer experts with the most advanced technology available. SCCA, comprised of Fred Hutch, UW Medicine, and Seattle Children's is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Northwest.

Proton therapy is an advanced and highly precise form of radiation treatment that allows doctors to focus radiation directly into the tumor, reducing radiation to healthy tissue and the risk of side effects.

Currently available at a few centers in the United States, studies have shown proton therapy to be beneficial in treating a broad range of tumors, including those of the brain, central nervous system, gastrointestinal tract, head and neck, breast, lung, and prostate, as well as sarcomas and certain pediatric cancers.

What to share what this milestone means to you? Join the conversation online by visiting our public Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/SCCAProtonTherapyCenter