Yale New Haven, Hartford HealthCare to build proton therapy center

Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health System and Hartford (Conn.) HealthCare on April 12 said they have received approval to build the state's first proton beam therapy center. 

The 25,000-square foot Connecticut Proton Therapy Center is slated to open in 2025 in Wallingford, Conn.

"This is a historic moment for cancer care in Connecticut," said Hartford HealthCare president and CEO Jeffrey Flaks. "This newly established partnership will not only provide our patients and our communities access to proton therapy — one of the most clinically advanced radiation treatments in the world — but it will make Connecticut a 'world-class' destination hub when it comes to state-of-the-art cancer care."

Proton International is the project manager and operator for the proposed facility. 

Proton beam therapy is a type of highly precise radiation therapy that targets solid tumors. It enables safer doses of radiation with fewer side effects.

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