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Proton therapy facility headed to Irving

Baylor Health Care System and Texas Oncology, the state's largest cancer physicians group, will build a $105 million proton therapy center in Irving, the groups said today. Together with McKesson Speciality Health, the partners plan to begin work on the 50,000-square-foot radiation treatment facility next year and open it in late 2015. Plans for the venture were first announced more than a year ago, at which time officials said they intended to pick a location convenient to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Love Field in Dallas. The site announced Friday, at 1501 W. Royal Lane, is between the two airports and also near numerous hotels, the partners said.

Proton therapy uses higher-energy beams than the X-rays and gamma rays used in most radiation therapy, and can also be focused on a specific point. That makes proton beams useful in treating tumors that are near sensitive organs like the spinal cord or eyes, as well as when treating children. The only existing proton therapy center in the state is at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

-- Jim Fuquay


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