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McLaren Proton Therapy Center update

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(09/20/12) - A new cancer institute is closer to opening its doors in Mid-Michigan. The McLaren Proton Therapy Center will be the only one of its kind in the state and one of few nationwide.

It's been almost three years to the date, since McLaren Flint leaders broke ground on the new Proton Therapy Center. Now they're counting the months until they open the doors. "If we treat our first patient by March of 2013, the entire project, from putting the shovel in the ground to treating the patient, will be three years. The fastest proton beam therapy center so far has taken 4.5-5 years, so this one is doing pretty good," said Don Koy, McLaren Flint president.

Wednesday, those involved with the project signed their names to the first beam that will support the first floor. Daniel Crannie has been eagerly awaiting the project completion. "That's exciting to know we have one of a kind facility here and it's great to be a part of it," Crannie said.

Proton therapy is regarded as the most precise form of cancer treatment available. The McLaren facility will be one of just few in the country. Patients from all over the U.S. will stay at the hospitality house next door.

The proton therapy center was originally scheduled to open in December, but that timetable has been pushed back to March of next year. The hospitality house will open soon after.

"Because this is the first of its kind anywhere in the world in terms of new technology, so a few delays but not unexpected in terms of pulling it all together," Kooy said.

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