Proton therapy will be added to the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute’s broad array of radiation-therapy services uniquely offered in a single location by a community hospital. Expected to be completed by Summer 2022, it will be the first and only proton therapy center in Central Pennsylvania. The new center builds on Penn Medicine’s groundbreaking proton therapy expertise led by the Roberts Proton Therapy Center in Philadelphia, which opened in 2010.
Virtual Celebration for the Proton Cyclotron Arrival
Watch the arrival of the ProBeam 360-degree cyclotron—the centerpiece of the future Proton Therapy Center at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute—and hear from our leaders about how this innovative technology will elevate cancer care throughout South Central Pennsylvania.
What is Proton Therapy?
Proton therapy is a type of radiation therapy that uses high-energy proton beams to destroy cancer cells. With protons (positively charged atoms) as the energy source, proton therapy offers greater precision and accuracy than conventional radiation therapy using X-rays.
Proton therapy uses protons, which are positively charged atoms, to destroy cancer cells. Doctors can tightly control proton beams and target them precisely to the tissue being treated. This distinction makes proton therapy a good option for treating cancers that are in or close to critical areas such as the brain or heart.
How Does Proton Therapy Work?
Your radiation team starts by measuring the shape, location and depth of the targeted tumor site. We use this information to design highly accurate proton beams that release most of their energy precisely at the tumor.
Proton beams emit low energy when entering the body, and they deposit very little radiation when exiting the body. That means less radiation exposure to nearby healthy tissue, reducing your risk of side effects.
Learn More about Proton Therapy
To discuss if proton therapy could be appropriate for you, please call our proton nurse navigator Alison Imboden, RN, BSN, CPN, at 717-544-3940. Alison can help coordinate a consult with a member of our clinical team.
To learn more about proton therapy, visit Penn Medicine's Roberts Proton Therapy Center.