The first proton therapy center in the Midwest region of the United States is set to open in Warrensville, Illinois. The center, at Central DuPage Hospital, cost $140 million and will be able to treat roughly 1500 patients per year.
Proton therapy has been gaining in popularity as a treatment option for certain cancer types for several years. Due to the very high cost of opening a proton therapy center, however, most patients who are interested in this option are unable to receive it. Only a few centers currently exist in the United States.
Read more about the advantages and disadvantages of proton therapy for prostate cancer.