It is expected to be the first clinical proton therapy system in Wisconsin
LITTLETON, MA, October 25, 2022—(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mevion Medical Systems is pleased to announce that it has contracted with Froedtert Health Network & the Medical College of Wisconsin to provide the MEVION S250i Proton Therapy System® in Wisconsin.
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A specialized vault will house the proton therapy system at the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center on the Froedtert Hospital campus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Photo: Business Wire)
The system will be installed at the Froedtert & MCW Clinical Cancer Center on the Froedtert Hospital campus. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2023, with the first patient treatments expected in 2024, which could make Froedtert & MCW Health Network the first health system to offer proton therapy in Wisconsin.
Earlier this year, Froedtert & MCW Health Network announced a partnership with Legion HealthCare Partners, which will assist with the feasibility, design and construction, as well as the successful deployment and management of the complex proton therapy operations of the proton therapy system.
Through its Cancer Network, Froedtert & MCW Health Network will offer treatment to adults with the MEVION S250i system and will work with Children’s Wisconsin, one of the top pediatric facilities in the country, to treat pediatric patients with proton therapy.
Cancer Network offers six locations connected to the unparalleled resources of Eastern Wisconsin’s only academic medical center on the Froedtert Hospital campus. Renowned cancer specialists and researchers have expertise in specific diseases and are finding innovative ways to make treatment personalized and effective. Cancer Network also offers the largest cancer clinical trial treatment program in Wisconsin.
Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation therapy that better targets radiation doses to cancer cells with less exposure to healthy tissue. The protons are aimed directly at the tumor, where the beam stops, rather than continuing through the patient as conventional radiation does. This approach helps prevent complications and secondary cancers and can be used in patients who have previously had radiation therapy. The technology will include HYPERSCAN® Pencil Beam Scanning (PBS) technology combined with Adaptive Aperture®, the industry’s only proton multileaf collimator. This powerful duo further enhances the benefits of proton therapy with more precise and conformal dose delivery to the tumor. The system will also include an integrated dual-energy diagnostic computer scanner for high-precision image targeting and adaptive proton delivery.
“Proton therapy supports our ongoing commitment to develop and offer innovative, world-class radiation therapy treatment approaches. We will offer it to patients from diverse communities throughout Wisconsin,” said Christopher Schultz, MD, FACR, MCW Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology. “Our mission continues to focus on expanding access to academic medicine to expand the availability of precision medicine options. With Mevion’s advanced technology, we will be able to offer this caliber of care to more patients when they need it.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Froedtert Health Network & Medical College of Wisconsin to bring proton therapy to Wisconsin,” said Tina Yu, MD, CEO and President of Mevion. “We are dedicated to making proton therapy accessible and are proud to see that our MEVION S250i has enabled more and more centers to offer this advanced cancer treatment to their patients close to home.”
About Mevion Medical Systems
Since 2004, Mevion Medical Systems has been the leading provider of compact proton therapy systems for cancer treatment. Committed to advancing the design and accessibility of proton therapy worldwide, Mevion pioneered the single-room platform and continues to advance the science and application of proton therapy. Mevion’s line of products, including the flagship MEVION S250i and MEVION S250-FIT* with HYPERSCAN pencil scanning, represent the world’s smallest proton therapy systems that eliminate the size, complexity and cost barriers of other proton therapy systems. Mevion is headquartered in Littleton, Massachusetts, with a presence in Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit www.mevion.com.
* The MEVION S250-FIT Proton Therapy System is not yet available for clinical use
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About the Froedtert & MCW Health Network
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Regional Health Network is a partnership between Froedtert Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin, supporting a shared mission of patient care, innovation, medical research and education. Our health network operates the only academic medical center in Eastern Wisconsin and a Level I adult trauma center at Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, an internationally recognized teaching and research center engaged in thousands of clinical trials and studies. Froedtert & MCW’s health network, which includes nine hospital locations, more than 2,000 physicians and more than 45 health centers and clinics, attracts patients from across the Midwest and the nation. In our last fiscal year, outpatient visits were nearly 1.5 million, inpatients at our hospitals were 55,085, and visits to our network physicians exceeded 1.1 million. Learn more about Froedtert & MCW Health Network.
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