The Clínica of the Universidad de Navarra opens its Proton Therapy Unit

The Proton Therapy Unit incorporates The first Hitachi synchrotron in Europe, considered the most modern accelerator available

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07/05/20 13:14

The Clínica of the Universidad de Navarra opened April 2, at its headquarters in Madrid, the new Proton Therapy Unit, which has already begun to evaluate and treat patients. The first patient who started treatment on April 17, was a woman affected by a tumor of recurrent digestive origin in a previously radiated area, which required the need for super dosimetric precision. "It's an opportunity to control her illness, which has been evolving for over the past 17 years," says Dr. Felipe Calvo, director of the Proton Therapy Unit.

The Clinic's Proton Therapy Unit is the first in an intrahospital cancer center in Spain. It incorporates a Hitachi synchrotron, a technology that is present in 32 clinics and academic centers, including international benchmarks in the treatment of cancer such as the Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson, John's, Hopkins St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and Hokkaido University Hospital. More than 60,000 patients worldwide have been treated with Hitachi Proton therapy technology.

It incorporates a particle accelerator and a synchrotron, the most modern currently available and much more energy-efficient since it produces the least secondary radiation.

In this sense, it is considered a "clean" accelerator, because it allows the proton beam to be accelerated just up to the energy required to reach each patient's tumor individually, without requiring artificial filters to generate the "braking" process. (by changing the energy that the synchrotron selects for the beam).

The Cliníca's equipment includes a system that allows proton treatment of tumors, subject to respiratory movement, a solution fully integrated into the instrumental system. Real-time tracking can locate and quantify tumor movement and synchronize the time of irradiation to achieve minimal impact on healthy tissue.

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