Quirónsalud, Spain’s number-one hospital group and the largest in Europe, is currently building the first center for proton-beam therapy in Spain. The new facility is a testament to Quirónsalud’s commitment to innovation, safety, and patient care, and solidifies the group’s position as a leader in cancer treatment.
Nowadays, advances in research, technological innovation, and the efforts of medical professionals are making cancer treatments safer, more effective, and more personalized. This is the case of proton-beam therapy. Until now, this type of radiation therapy was available in only 23 health facilities throughout Europe, and in 2019 Quirónsalud will open Spain’s first ever center for proton therapy.
Patients: the focal point of our health care
The new Quirónsalud center for proton-beam therapy is a modern facility, complete with state-of-the-art medical technology, and where every last detail has been designed to offer patients unmatched comfort.
The facility will also be a hub for innovation and research, improving treatment outcomes and cancer patients’ quality of life
Evolution of the construction works of the new Proton therapy center
Due to the physical properties of protons, proton-beam therapy is currently the world’s most advanced and safest radiation therapy technique for certain tumors. When applied at specific dose levels, protons can act with great precision in the interior of tissue, thus increasing antitumor activity and limiting damage to healthy tissue. As a result, proton-beam therapy is indicated in pediatric patients and for certain tumor types:
- Childhood cancers
- TEye and brain tumors
- Head and neck sarcomas
The new facility will feature integrated, single-room treatment outfitted with all the necessary equipment. The proton-beam therapy system, called Proteus One®, includes tumor-scanning technology that enables physicians to deliver the most appropriate radiation dose and target each specific area requiring treatment. The new machine is equipped with highly sophisticated imaging equipment and can rotate 220° around the patient, allowing the beam to be aimed at a tumor from any angle.
The many benefits of proton-beam therapy include minimal or no radiation delivered to the area surrounding the tumor, a lower total radiation dose per treatment, a substantially decreased risk of secondary tumors, and greater quality of life