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US university plans to close proton therapy center in first of many possible closures

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 23 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5823
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Indiana University will close its proton therapy center by the end of the year, citing high operating costs and low patient volume. The decision came after an outside review of the center commissioned by Jay Hess, vice president for university clinical affairs and dean of the university’s School of Medicine.1

“Unfortunately, rapidly advancing technology and changes in the dynamics of cancer treatment have left us with a dwindling patient base and a facility that is many times more expensive to operate than most of our competitors in this field,” Hess said in a statement announcing the center’s closure.

When it opened in 2004 the proton therapy center, located in Bloomington, Indiana, was the third proton therapy facility in the United …

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