Why Choose McLaren Proton Therapy Center?

Why Should I Choose McLaren Proton Therapy Center?

McLaren Proton Therapy Center offers advances in technology for the most precise tumor targeting available today. We are one of the only centers in the world utilizing advanced synchrotron technology, which delivers the highest energies and the lowest risk of unnecessary radiation to the patient. Our advanced technology includes pencil-beam scanning and image guided proton therapy, designed to treat tumors with extreme precision.

McLaren Proton Therapy Center is part of the Karmanos Cancer Network, the largest cancer research and provider network in Michigan with 16 treatment locations throughout the state, including the Karmanos Cancer Center, one of 50 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Patients can access treatments exclusive to Karmanos as well as clinical trials, cancer prevention programs and multidisciplinary teams of cancer specialists. 

Features include:

  • Precise delivery of high-energy radiation with advanced proton technology that conforms to the unique size and shape of the tumor.
  • Minimal to no damage to surrounding healthy organs and tissues.
  • Treatment sessions that are quick and painless.
  • Expert physicians and physicists who plan and administer care.
  • A convenient, comfortable treatment facility with an adjacent Hospitality House to accommodate patients and families during their treatment schedule.
  • A multidisciplinary team of highly skilled radiation therapists, nurses and support staff.
  • Exceptional patient care services.
  • Proton beams can be manipulated to conform to the unique size and shape of the tumor and stop at its edge precisely.
  • Highly experienced teams of physicists and dosimetrists that can manipulate the treatment plans to optimize and confirm the dose to the unique size and shape of the tumor, sparing healthy tissues and critical organs.

Leaders in advanced, next-generation technology

When it comes to proton therapy, McLaren Proton Therapy Center is setting ourselves apart from other centers by providing several major advances.
  • Pencil-beam scanning and a state-of-the-art delivery system ensure that the distribution of radiation is very precise. With pencil-beam scanning, a focused set of proton beams (as small as a few millimeters in diameter) can target the tumor. This considerably reduces radiation exposure to healthy tissues.
  • Isocentric gantries with 180-degree rotation and highly sophisticated robotic patient-positioning systems enable incredible flexibility of beam delivery, which allows the radiation beam to be directed with incredible accuracy—down to a millimeter. Coupled with a robotic couch, this technology allows for 360-degree rotation and unlimited treatment angles.
  • The Radiance 330 synchrotron generates proton beams with energies up to 250 megaelectron volts (MeV). The Radiance 330 synchrotron produces less harmful radiation and less scatter radiation because it uses pencil-beam technology.

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