The doors will open soon to a « state of the art » cancer treatment center in Genesee County, one of only 35 such facilities in the world, and the only one in Michigan.
Construction is nearly complete at the McLaren Cancer Medical Center’s Proton Therapy Center on Beecher Road. « We are very excited to be able to provide this technology, » says McLaren oncologist Dr. Hesham Gayar, « as proton therapy focuses about at least 60% less radiation to the normal tissue than x-ray therapy. »
Current standard radiation treatments can indeed have side effects, which can be long term and/or potentially leading to secondary malignancy. Dr. Gayar calls the new center « a life saving tool and a quality of life saving tool. »
The McLaren Proton Therapy Center is the first and only proton therapy center in Michigan and is projected to serve patients statewide as well as those from Canada and surrounding states.