Proton therapy is not a new form of treatment, but it represents the latest advancement in radiation technology. The first patient received treatment with protons more than 50 years ago, and the Food and Drug Administration approved proton therapy as a radiation treatment option in 1988. To date, approximately 200,000 people worldwide have received proton therapy at centers in Europe, Asia and the United States.2
The Northwestern Medicine Proton Center is the 9th proton center to open in the United States and is the only proton center in Illinois. As of 2022, there are 39 proton centers in the United States.
The Proton Center is working to increase awareness of this treatment through academic presentations, papers and leadership within the medical community. Our mission is to make proton therapy accessible to everyone who needs it.
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