Central DuPage Hospital To Offer Proton Beam Therapy

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Central DuPage Hospital intents to bring the future of cancer treatment to Illinois.

"We will have the capacity to treat up to 1,500 cancer patients a year. Imagine the lives that will be impacted," said Luke McGuinness, Chief Executive Officer of CDH. "This is the most precise form of radiation treatment available. Patients will have the best treatment, from the best physicians at a Top 100 Hospital in the United States. We've worked hard to ensure Central DuPage Hospital is a place where you can focus on getting well."

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Proton therapy will be available on an out-patient basis. It has applications for most solid tumors, including tumors of the head, neck and pelvis, cancers of the eye and prostate. Nearly all U.S. insurance providers cover proton therapy as does the U.S. Medicare program.

Nearly 50,000 people worldwide have received proton therapy at centers in Europe, Asia and the United States. This center will be the eighth in the United States and the first in Illinois.

The Winfield-based center will have four treatment rooms. The Letter of Intent has been filed with the State of Illinois, and pending regulatory approval, patient treatment is expected by 2010.

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