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.