Power and Promise of Proton Therapy

With donor support, University Hospitals is adding the leading-edge Proton Therapy Center, the most advanced radiation-oncology tools in a multi-state region. The new center is scheduled to open in July 2016.

Proton therapy precisely targets tumors but spares surrounding tissue. It is especially useful in treating children, teens and young adults with cancer, as well as adults with cancers of the brain, spine, lung, breast and head and neck. It has the potential to reduce the risk for developing radiation-induced secondary cancers decades after treatment.

The Proton Therapy Center received support from the philanthropic community, including a
$1 million gift commitment from Ken Cohen and his wife, Debby. The Cohens made the generous gift to express their gratitude for a UH doctor’s expert care and to help give patients access to advanced cancer treatments. “We are thrilled to give back to UH after everything that the hospital has done for us,” said Ken.

“To be able to make a difference in the lives of others and play a part in advancing the UH mission is incredibly rewarding,” Debby added.

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Proton Therapy

University Hospitals hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 31 for the new $30 million Proton Therapy Center, which is scheduled to open in July on UH's main campus. UH is the first site in Ohio to offer this advanced type of radiation treatment.

From left: Nathan Levitan, MD, President, Seidman Cancer Center; Patti DePompei, RN, MSN, President, Rainbow Babies & Children's and MacDonald Women’s Hospitals;
Daniel Simon, MD, President, UH Cleveland Medical Center and President, Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute; Mitchell Machtay, MD, Chairman, Department of Radiation Oncology;
John Letterio, MD, Chief, Pediatric Hematology & Oncology and Director of the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at UH Rainbow; and
David Mansur, MD, Director, Proton Therapy Center.