The University of Cincinnati investigators will enroll more than 20 women with early stage breast cancer in a unique clinical trial involving the most expensive medical device in the region.
The trial involves proton radiotherapy designed to zap cancer with particles that travel faster than a bolt of lightning—and with laser like precision.
The Research Site
Treatment will occur at the $120 million Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center/UC health Proton Therapy Center in Butler County. Opened up in 2016, the 120-ton particle accelerator called a cyclotron attacks tumors with a beam of radiation that can be focused to within a millimeter—the size of a coarse grain of salt.
The UC Proton Therapy Center is the only facility of its kind locally, and one of about 29 in the United States. Its cost to build was $60 million, and another $50 million for the ProBeam brand of proton equipment. Additional equipment cost $10 million.
Who is Leading the Study?
Dr. Teresa Meier, assistant professor of radiation oncology at the UC College
UC researchers are recruiting women 50 or older who have been diagnosed with breast cancer at states o or IA—a tumor that is less than 3 centimeters and hasn’t spread to lymph nodes.