Past and present patients, families, friends, staff and physicians of SCCA Proton Therapy, A ProCure Center gathered this week to commemorate the milestone of treating 100 adult and pediatric cancer patients. A celebratory luncheon took place at the Center, located on UW Medicine's Northwest Hospital & Medical Center campus. SCCA Proton Therapy, A ProCure Center opened its doors in the spring of 2013 and is the only proton therapy center in a seven-state region.
Proton therapy is an advanced and highly precise form of radiation treatment that allows doctors to focus radiation directly into the tumor, reducing radiation to healthy tissue and the risk of side effects. Currently available at only 13 centers in the United States, studies have shown proton therapy to be beneficial in treating a broad range of tumors, including those of the brain, central nervous system, gastrointestinal tract, head and neck, breast, lung, and prostate, as well as sarcomas and certain pediatric cancers.
"I had done my research beforehand, so after meeting Dr. Kenneth Russell and touring the center, I knew instantly that proton therapy was the best option for treating my prostate cancer," said Curry Miller, a recent patient at SCCA Proton Therapy, A ProCure Center. "Throughout treatment, I was able to maintain my daily routine at the office and regularly working out at the gym. I am grateful to the incredible team who helped with my care and truly believe having access to proton therapy is a great asset for our region."