January 16, 2012

Next-Generation Cancer Facilities, with $200 Million Price Tag, Gain Traction


Cancer treatments combine toxic drugs with X-ray radiation to poison and kill rogue cells and tumors, a treatment standard established for decades. However, a more powerful and accurate radiation source, proton beams, blasts away cancer but has remained out of reach to most doctors… Funding for the new centers comes from a variety of sources. It's better if it's a gift," said Steven Schild, chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Mayo Clinic received a combined gift of $100 million in seed funds from Robert O. Jacobson, a philanthropist from Iowa. It is building two proton beam therapy centers. The gift will pay for about a third of the two new centers.

International Business Times, by Kirk Klocke, 12/2011

Additional proton beam coverage: Fierce Healthcare, Bradenton Herald

Tags: Cancer, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Steven Schild

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