About the Proton Center
The UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Baptist Health and Proton International are bringing the most advanced cancer treatment to Arkansas – proton beam radiation therapy. Currently under construction on the UAMS campus in Little Rock, Arkansas, the new Proton Center of Arkansas will be the first in the state and one of only 40 nationwide to offer this highly targeted radiation therapy that uses protons instead of x-rays to attack cancerous tumors.
What is Proton Therapy?
Proton therapy is the most advanced form of radiation treatment that delivers a pencil-thin beam of proton energy to the precise site of a cancerous tumor. Proton therapy is just as powerful but more precise than other forms of radiation therapy. The protons attack the tumor while protecting the surrounding tissue. Proton therapy is particularly effective in treating pediatric cancers.
On August 25, two essential pieces of the Proton Center – the 55-ton gantry and the 75-ton cyclotron – were loaded onto a cargo ship at the Port of Antwerp in Belgium (as shown in photo) and arrived at the Port of Houston Sept. 26 after a month at sea. The equipment is so massive that it will travel with a police escort on six semi-tractor trailers to Little Rock. We expect the equipment to arrive in Little Rock on or around Oct. 19.Track Cargo with MarineTraffic
The Proton Center of Arkansas Partners
UAMS is excited to be able to offer this advanced technology to patients in Arkansas.