Froedtert to give proton treatment for most cancers patients in Wisconsin

Proton treatment for cancer sufferers who have to have radiation remedy will soon be out there in Wisconsin.

Froedtert & the Healthcare Higher education of Wisconsin are partnering with Legion Health care Companions, a Houston-centered for-earnings wellness team, to get started offering the therapy in 2023. 

Froedtert & the Health care University will start off design in early 2023 to house the new proton remedy system on the Froedtert Hospital campus in Wauwatosa.

Wellness care officers would not say what they are developing or how a lot it will price.  

The health network expects to begin managing sufferers with this innovative radiation technological innovation by way of the Froedtert & MCW Most cancers Network in the next half of 2024.

The addition of proton treatment will make precision radiation treatment additional accessible to adult and pediatric most cancers people who now vacation out of point out for this treatment. 

Proton therapy is supplied at Rush Health care Middle in Chicago or the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. 

Tina Curtis, vice president of cancer solutions for Froedtert Health explained the partnership with Legion Health care will make proton remedy additional obtainable to Wisconsin sufferers. 

“Our mission carries on to be targeted on increasing accessibility to academic medicine, and our target is to boost the availability of precision procedure solutions and to give the proper care in the suitable spot at the suitable time,” Curtis said. 

Proton therapy delivers a exactly specific dose of radiation immediately to a tumor utilizing substantial-energy beams of proton particles relatively than X-rays.

According to the National Cancer Institute, proton therapy is fewer likely to damage close by healthier tissues and some authorities believe that that proton therapy is safer than standard radiation, but there is restricted study comparing the two solutions.

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Proton treatment is additional high-priced than classic radiation, and not all insurance coverage providers deal with the price tag of the procedure, offered the confined evidence of its positive aspects, the National Cancer Institute discovered. 

“However, 31 hospitals throughout the state have expended tens of millions of pounds building proton remedy centers, and numerous advertise the likely, but unproven, advantages of the treatment,” according to the National Most cancers Institute. 

Corrinne Hess can be reached at chess@gannett.com. Follow her @corrihess

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