Coming Soon: A More Precise Approach to Radiation Therapy
Scripps Proton Therapy Center, opening this winter, is a collaboration among Scripps Health, Scripps Clinic Medical Group and Advanced Particle Therapy. The 102,000-square-foot center will have the capacity to treat approximately 2,400 patients annually.
Proton therapy targets cancer, spares healthy tissue
Scripps Proton Therapy Center in San Diego will offer advanced radiation therapy for the treatment of both cancerous tumors and certain non-cancerous conditions.
One of only a handful of treatment centers of its kind in the nation, the facility will offer advanced cancer-fighting technology, drawing on decades of research and development in radiation therapy.
Unlike x-rays, which deliver a dose of radiation in, around and behind the treatment area, proton beam radiation therapy uses a highly focused “pencil beam” of subatomic particles, which can be delivered in a three-dimensional shape that conforms precisely to the tumor. This technology delivers the majority of the radiation directly within the tumor — minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissues.