The UF Health Proton Therapy Institute recently reached a major milestone in the expansion of its cancer treatment capabilities. The largest piece of the new, single-room proton therapy system was lifted and lowered into the building addition at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute Monday, Nov. 19.
The 100-ton device, roughly the weight of a 757 airplane, is called a gantry. It is the part of the proton therapy system that rotates around the patient to deliver the proton beam.
The second largest piece was delivered and installed on Tuesday, Nov. 13. It is a 55-ton cyclotron that accelerates the protons used in proton therapy.
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It is part of the $39 million expansion and upgrade project started in 2016. When the equipment becomes operational next year, the cancer treatment facility will be able to treat 25 percent more patients and treat additional types of cancer.
UF Health Proton Therapy Institute is the regional resource for proton therapy – an advanced form of radiation to treat cancer patients. It has been open in Jacksonville since 2006 and has treated more than 7,700 patients from Jacksonville and 32 countries.