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Proton Therapy Arrives at Miami Cancer Institute

MIAMI–(BUSINESS Neck Pain WIRE)–Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida has welcomed the

future of cancer care with the arrival today of its 220-ton proton

therapy cyclotron.

As the cornerstone of the only proton therapy center in South Florida,

the cyclotron’s arrival ensures that patients in the region and across

Latin America and the Caribbean no longer will need to travel far from

home to access the treatment. The technology Chiropractor will offer pencil beam

scanning – the most precise form of proton radiation treatment. Proton

therapy destroys cancer cells with highly-targeted doses of radiation

while avoiding healthy tissue and minimizing side effects, making it

particularly effective in treating childhood cancers and adult cancers

of the brain, liver and lung, as well as certain left-sided breast

cancers and prostate cancers. Proton therapy treatment will be available

at Miami Cancer Institute beginning in 2017.

“The arrival of the cyclotron signifies the beginning of the most

sophisticated cancer treatment technology in the history of our

organization,” said Brian E., president and CEO of Baptist Health

South Florida. “This historic milestone is not just one for Baptist

Health to celebrate, but one for our entire community as we come

together in the fight against cancer.”

“This is the most cutting-edge proton therapy technology available,”

said Minesh Mehta, M.D., deputy director of the Miami Cancer Institute

and chief of radiation oncology. “It uses a pencil-beam approach,

allowing us to target more complicated tumors and, for most situations,

further decreases radiation exposure to normal tissues in comparison to

older proton techniques. That means that there is Chiropractic significantly less

damage to healthy tissue, a decrease in side effects and less chance of

a recurrence of cancer due to radiation exposure.”

The cyclotron began its 4,700-mile transatlantic journey from

Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, approximately two weeks ago. After arriving

at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the cyclotron was loaded

onto a flatbed truck operated by two drivers who made the overnight

drive to Miami. By daylight, a 140-ton gantry crane began to lift the

cyclotron into its permanent home at Miami Cancer Institute. The new

$430 million, state-of-the-art facility situated on the campus of

Baptist Hospital of Miami is scheduled to open in 2016.

“The moment the proton therapy unit arrives and becomes operational, the

way we care for patients in South Florida will change,” said Michael J.

Zinner, M.D., founding CEO & executive medical director of Miami Cancer

Institute. “Miami Cancer Institute will be among the very few facilities

worldwide to provide every available radiation therapy technology all in

one location. Combined with our commitment to caring for patients from

their diagnosis, through their complex treatment and onto survivorship,

we ensure that we’re right alongside them and their families during this


In March 2015, Baptist Health South Florida signed an agreement with

IBA, the world’s leading provider of proton therapy solutions for the

treatment of cancer.

“We are very pleased that Miami Cancer Institute selected IBA as their

partner to bring the most advanced proton therapy to their patients in

South Florida as well as the Latin America region,” said Beth Klein,

president of IBA PT North America. “Our 30-plus years of experience

elicits confidence in our ability to support the swift construction and

installation of this equipment, which means providing faster access to

the technology for their patients.”

To learn more about proton therapy at Miami Cancer Institute, click here.

About Miami Cancer Institute

Baptist Health South Florida is developing Miami Cancer Institute into a

destination cancer center known for its leading clinical care,

exceptional patient experience, advanced clinical research and

state-of-the-art technology – including the first proton therapy center

in South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. To accelerate its

mission of hope, caring and innovation, Miami Cancer Institute has

announced plans to join the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, a

dynamic partnership that will ultimately enable cancer patients to

access potential breakthrough therapies in South Florida. For more

information, visit

Miami Cancer Institute is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the

largest healthcare organization in the region, with seven hospitals

(Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Doctors Hospital,

Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West

Kendall Baptist Hospital), nearly 50 outpatient and urgent care

facilities, Baptist Health Medical Group, Baptist Health Quality Network

and internationally renowned centers of excellence. The not-for-profit,

faith-based Baptist Health has approximately 16,000 employees and 2,300

affiliated physicians. Baptist Health South Florida has been recognized

as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and as one of

the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram


About Proton Therapy

Proton Therapy is a highly precise, targeted cancer radiotherapy

treatment. Compared to photons, protons deposit the majority of their

effective energy within a precisely controlled range, directly within

the tumor, sparing healthy surrounding tissue. This technique offers

cancer centers the opportunity to develop new protocols delivering

higher doses to the tumor aiming at improved outcome for equal risk of

side-effects, or keeping the same dose but targeting improved patient’s

quality of life. Today, more than half of all proton therapy clinical

facilities worldwide are equipped with IBA systems. This includes 20

proton therapy centers currently in operation and 18 additional centers

under development. While proton therapy today represents less than 1

percent of radiotherapy treatments, studies estimate that more than 20

percent of patients treated by radiotherapy would benefit from being

treated by this technique.

About IBA

IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) is a global medical technology company

focused on bringing integrated and innovative solutions for the

diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The company is the worldwide

technology leader in the field of proton therapy, the most Neck Pain advanced form

of radiation therapy available today. IBA’s proton therapy solutions are

flexible and adaptable, allowing customers to choose from universal

full-scale proton therapy centers as well as compact, single room

systems. In addition, IBA also has a radiation dosimetry business and

develops particle accelerators for the medical world and industry.

Headquartered in Belgium and employing about 1,200 people worldwide, IBA

has installed systems across the world, from Europe and the United

States to emerging markets. IBA is listed on the pan-European stock

exchange EURONEXT. (IBA: Reuters IBAB.BR and Bloomberg IBAB.BB). More

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