Oklahoma’s first proton center for cancer treatment opened last week in Oklahoma City.
Up to 1,500 patients a year could be treated at the $120 million ProCure Proton Therapy Center at Memorial Road and MacArthur Blvd.
ProCure officials say it will be the sixth such center in the United States and the first opened by their Indiana-based company.
The center will offer a translation service for those who prefer to receive treatment in Spanish.
Proton therapy uses a 220-ton machine called a cyclotron to split atoms and create a beam of energy that destroys cancer cells more precisely than traditional radiation therapy. A similar center is planned as part of the OU Cancer Institute now under construction near downtown.
Proton treatment damages less healthy tissue than radiation treatment, said Dr. Sameer Keole, a pediatric radiation oncologist who moved from Florida to Oklahoma City to work for ProCure.