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Johns Hopkins National Proton Therapy Center

Image of a proton therapy gantry
An example of a proton therapy treatment room

Sibley’s Johns Hopkins National Proton Therapy Center will begin treating patients in 2019. The center is being uniquely developed to incorporate both state-of-the-art clinical technology and the capability to conduct advanced translational research. A breakthrough cancer treatment, proton therapy offers both greater effectiveness and less toxicity than conventional radiation therapy.

Proton therapy is far from standard. It is available at only 23 sites in the United States and ten sites in other countries; due to limited availability, it has been reserved for patients who have cancers that are difficult to reach, such as tumors in delicate areas of the eye, or that are located near vital organs which must be protected. Proton therapy is particularly valuable for children whose brains and organs are still developing. Today, proton therapy can only be offered to children with greatest need such as to young cancer patients with brain and spine tumors, to avoid blindness, hearing loss, cognitive deficits, and lifelong need for hormone replacement.

The Johns Hopkins National Proton Therapy Center will have a total of four treatment rooms–two for adults, one for children and one for research. Efforts will be dedicated to the advancement of proton therapy clinical care, research and education, bringing the benefits of this sophisticated, life-changing technology to patients and families in the Washington, D.C. region, including those from underserved areas. See more about proton therapy, and the Johns Hopkins National Proton Therapy Center, in the video below.