US cancer treatment centre targets China for proton therapy

 

Representatives for the institute had a two-week visit to China where they met with health care providers to talk about proton therapy and the research that proves its advantage in treating certain forms of cancer. The target is adults and children from China.

The UF Health Proton Institute sees a minimum of 100 patients a day, many of them from countries outside the USA that, like China, do not have access to proton beam therapy, which targets cancer cells with pin-point precision.

The facility, along with Mayo Clinic in Florida, has helped boost the Northeast Florida economy through medical tourism, as patients and their families who travel to the area typically spend money on lodging, dining and other things while receiving treatment over the course of days, weeks or even months.

The Third and Main building in Jacksonville offers 36 extended-stay apartments geared toward patients from the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, which is a mile away.

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