Proton Therapy

University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center are partnering to transform radiotherapy for many cancers in Greater Cincinnati and beyond. At our new Proton Therapy Center in Liberty Township, we deliver radiation to a tumor with remarkable precision.

The Cincinnati Proton Therapy Center is the only center of its kind within 200 miles and one of only a few centers in the country. In addition, the Center houses the only gantry fully dedicated to basic proton research in the county.

Remarkable Precision

Proton therapy is a type of radiation for cancer. Protons can target tumors with sub-millimeter precision without damaging healthy tissue.

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While standard radiation (performed with X-rays) is effective for many kinds of cancer, high doses of radiation must be given in order to reach tumors. In addition, after the X-rays reach a tumor they continue to travel through the body, affecting healthy tissue.

Proton therapy is different. Protons enter the body at a low intensity and come to a complete stop once they reach a tumor. This reduces a patient’s chance of experiencing side effects and long-term complications. In some cases, this also allows for higher doses of radiation to be used, increasing the likelihood of destroying a tumor.

Powerful Technology, Personalized Care

Proton radiation is produced by accelerating hydrogen ions to high speeds – approximately 2/3 the speed of light. This acceleration occurs inside of a 300-ton device called a cyclotron or synchrocyclotron. The cyclotron uses a combination of high-strength magnets and strong electric currents to propel protons through another series of magnets which focus the radiation beam.

  • Appointments

    To schedule an appointment at the Proton Therapy Center, call (513) 584-BEAM (2326) or 1-866-584-BEAM (2326)