Cincinnati Children’s will begin construction by year’s end on a $118 million facility to house a proton therapy and research center for cancer treatment. 

This large, state-of-the-art facility will be located at Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus. It will take three years to build.

Fewer risks of long-term complications

Unlike conventional photon radiation, proton beam therapy delivers a highly-focused dose that maximizes the effect against tumors. It minimizes the risk of damage to healthy tissues along the radiation’s path to the tumor and eliminates any exit dose.

This technology is especially valuable for minimizing long-term neurocognitive deficits that can occur when using conventional photon radiation to treat medulloblastomas, gliomas, germ cell tumors and other pediatric brain tumors. Proton therapy gives children who are likely to survive their cancer a better chance of growing up without limitations on their school performance and potential career choices.

Only 11 other proton centers in the US

There are only 11 proton therapy centers currently in operation in the US. Cincinnati Children’s new facility will house two proton treatment rooms for clinical use, with the potential to add a third clinical room.

“We are committed to developing the newest and most advanced treatments for cancers and leukemias in children and young adults,” says John Perentesis, MD, Executive Co-Director, Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute. “Our new proton therapy and research center will provide leading-edge treatment essential for the care of our patients, and allow us to attract the best physicians and researchers to take this technology to the next level.”