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Mayo Clinic plans to be­gin con­struc­tion this month on a $182 mil­lion fa­cil­ity in Phoenix that will house the health sys­tem’s pro­ton-beam ther­apy pro­gram. The 20-hos­pi­tal sys­tem also broke ground in Septem­ber on a $188 mil­lion pro­ton­beam ther­apy fa­cil­ity in Rochester, Minn., where Mayo Clinic is based. The Ari­zona and Min­nesota cam­puses will have a to­tal of eight treat­ment rooms that will of­fer pro­ton-beam ther­apy treat­ment. The Rochester treat­ment rooms are slated to open in 2015; the first of the Ari­zona treat­ment rooms are ex­pected to open the fol­low­ing year. Both fa­cil­i­ties will each em­ploy about 130 staff mem­bers, in­clud­ing about 13 physi­cians at each site. The pro­ton-beam ther­apy pro­gram will em­ploy a more pre­cise form of pro­ton ther­apy, called pen­cil beam scan­ning, which al­lows for greater con­trol over ra­di­a­tion doses, shorter treat­ment times and fewer side ef­fects. “As more peo­ple in the United States sur­vive can­cer, the longterm man­age­ment of can­cer pa­tients be­comes more im­por­tant,” Dr. Steven Schild, chair­man of the ra­di­a­tion on­col­ogy depart­ment at the Mayo Clinic in Ari­zona, said in the re­lease. “Pro­ton ther­apy of­fers the pos­si­bil­ity to treat re­cur­rences in pa­tients who have un­der­gone pre­vi­ous ra­di­a­tion ther­apy pro­ce­dures to po­ten­tially ex­tend their sur­vival.”

Mayo Clinic held a ground-break­ing for its can­cer ther­apy clinic in Phoenix, which is part of Mayo’s three-site can­cer cen­ter.

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