Building hope for cancer patients

The opening of Texas Center for Proton Therapy will bring innovative proton therapy to cancer patients in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, nearby states and across the country.

Dr. Andrew K. Lee Named Medical Director

Andrew LeeThe Texas Center for Proton Therapy announces that Dr. Andrew K. Lee, renowned proton therapy innovator and researcher, has joined North Texas’ first proton therapy treatment center as medical director. Dr. Lee will lead the Texas Center for Proton Therapy following almost 14 years at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he pioneered many firsts in the field of proton therapy. Learn more.

The first proton therapy center in North Texas

Opening in late 2015, the Texas Center for Proton Therapy will offer three proton therapy rooms, including two rotational gantries and one fixed beam room, as well as extended treatment hours to conveniently accommodate patient needs. The Center is also planning to provide the most advanced form of proton beam therapy — pencil beam scanning.

Bringing advancement like this into our community- based practice is a hallmark of our approach.” R. Steven Paulson, M.D.
Chairman and president of Texas Oncology

Cancer-fighting services

The Texas Center for Proton Therapy will offer a complete suite of oncology services including treatment targeting and planning, disease staging, adaptive treatment planning, follow-up evaluations, on- and off-site patient support services and concierge services for out-of-town patients.

As part of its dedication to innovative research, the Center will also provide patients the opportunity to participate in national clinical trials. A sophisticated team of healthcare professionals will carefully monitor and evaluate developments in cancer research to ensure patients receive the latest and most comprehensive information on treatment advancements.

Key facts

  • Slated to start treating patients in late 2015
  • 63,000 square foot facility
  • Extended treatment hours to accommodate patient schedules
  • Three proton therapy treatment rooms
  • On-site laboratory for all physician-ordered procedures
  • PET/CT and MRI imaging technologies for superior diagnostics and targeting
  • Comprehensive team of 50 healthcare professionals
  • Convenient parking spaces for easy accessibility

What is proton therapy?

Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation treatment that uses a beam of the positively charged part of an atom — the proton — to damage the DNA of cancer cells.

This highly advanced therapy is thought to be more precise than alternative radiation therapies because the beam can target the tumor’s exact three-dimensional shape. The benefits of such precision can include:

  • Accommodation of higher radiation doses that may result in less risk to surrounding healthy tissue
  • Reduced number of treatments due to higher treatment dosing
  • Reduced long-term side effects

As a result, proton therapy has been shown to be particularly effective in treating cancers that are located close to critical organs, including brain, head and neck, lung and prostate cancers. Children, in particular, benefit from proton therapy because their growing organs are more susceptible to potential long-term harm from less precise treatments.