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Proton Therapy

Proton Therapy Center

The Proton Therapy Center at The University of Kansas Cancer Center, 1 of 71 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers in the nation, is the only one of its kind in Kansas, Kansas City and the surrounding region. Now, cancer patients and their families no longer need to leave Kansas City to receive this advanced form of targeted radiation treatment using protons – instead of traditional X-rays or photon radiation – to attack cancerous tumors.

Proton therapy is the most advanced form of radiation therapy for cancerous tumors available today. It offers many advantages over traditional tumor treatment and is not currently available elsewhere in the region. There are no other proton therapy centers in Kansas or the surrounding states of Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado and Arkansas.

Region's First Proton Therapy

The University of Kansas Health System is building the region’s first proton therapy center. Proton therapy is an advanced form of targeted radiation treatment using protons – instead of x-rays – to attack cancerous tumors.

Bob Page: If there's a point of pride here it's that we have now earned the right to be spoken in the same sentence as the Hopkins, the Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson, Mass General. And rightfully so.

Speaker 1: The University of Kansas Health System will be the first in the region to provide proton therapy. This type of therapy allows for more pinpointed treatment for cancer patients.

Bob Page: Proton therapy is one of the most advanced forms of radiation therapy for cancer patients.

Speaker 1: But until now, not easy for patients in the Kansas City metro or Midwest region to access. Currently, there are only 29 proton therapy centers nationwide.

Tammy Peterman: There are times when patients have to leave Kansas City for some of the most advanced treatments, such as proton. We don't want that to happen. We believe that with this announcement today we can keep even more patients here in Kansas City, closer to home, as they receive care.

Speaker 1: Proton therapy is a pencil-size beam that differs from regular radiation treatment by killing the cancer without harming nearby healthy tissue.

Terry Tsue: This type of a particle, which is a proton particle, part of the nucleus, is delivered to the patient, and then when it hits the cancer all of its energy is dissipated in killing that cancer. Other types of radiation then go on beyond that cancer and can cause damage in normal tissue.

Speaker 1: Proton therapy is FDA approved and covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance companies. More important, research has demonstrated its effectiveness with minimal side effects, plus proton therapy has been shown to lower the risk of secondary cancers in patients. In 18-24 months this new technology will be available here for both adult and pediatric patients.

Roy Jensen: Pediatric cancer, we've made incredible progress against this disease. Back in the 1960s maybe 10% of kids survived pediatric cancer, and now it's well over 80%, and depending on the type of cancer it's over 90%.

Narrator: Hospital leaders say bringing proton therapy to the University of Kansas Health System represents a multimillion-dollar commitment to this region, guided by a singular focus.

Bob Page: Put the patient in the center of your decision making. Put all your efforts around what's the right thing to do for the patients. Put the technology around it, you put the resources around that. This is just another step in that process.

Speaker 1: The process of changing how healthcare is delivered today and in the future.

Highly specialized cancer care

Proton therapy is a highly specialized and exact form of radiation treatment. It precisely targets tumors and spares the surrounding tissues by using a pencil-thin beam of protons to deliver radiation directly to the tumor. The innovative treatment is used to treat many types of adult and childhood cancers

Specialists at the Proton Therapy Center provide integrated, multidisciplinary and compassionate care from the moment you walk in. Our team of academic experts comprises numerous cancer specialties, including breast, brain and central nervous system, esophagus, head and neck, liver, lung, prostate and spine

Our nationally and internationally recognized disease-dedicated cancer specialists will evaluate you and together will develop a comprehensive treatment plan for you based on your individual needs. Here, experts from one of the country’s leading NCI-designated cancer centers work in tandem to offer exceptional treatment for adult and pediatric cancers.
Image of child patient Volkov Roman

Saved by proton therapy

At just 4 years old, Roman Volkov faced an unimaginable diagnosis of stage IV neuroblastoma of the abdomen. Proton therapy saved his life.
Roman's story

Contact us

To contact the Proton Therapy Center, call us at 913-588-1227 or toll-free at 844-323-1227. For international inquiries, call us at 00-1-913-588-1227. Talk to your doctor to see if proton therapy is right for you. Learn more.

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