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Scripps To Build $185 Million Proton Therapy Center In Mira Mesa

— Scripps Health announced plans today to build a $185 million proton therapy center in Mira Mesa to treat cancer patients.

Scripps Health will partner with Nevada-based Advanced Particle Therapy to build the 102,000-square-foot center on a seven-acre site in the Carroll Canyon area of Mira Mesa, at 9577 Summers Ridge Road.

The Scripps Proton Therapy Center will be able to treat about 2,400 patients annually when it opens in the spring of 2013, according to Scripps Health. Work will begin in July.

"Scripps is excited to help provide access to one of science's most sophisticated weapons against cancer," said Chris Van Gorder, chief executive officer of Scripps Health. "This will be an immensely valuable resource for all of San Diego County and beyond.

"We see this as a major step forward, allowing us to provide the most comprehensive range of radiation therapy options available today," Van Gorder added.

Proton therapy involves the used of a controlled beam of protons to target cancer tumors, compared to the use of conventional X-ray radiation treatment.

According to Scripps Health, the precise delivery of proton energy limits damage to healthy surrounding tissue, resulting in minimal or no side effects to the patient and allows for a more potent dose of radiation to be used.

The Scripps Proton Therapy Center will be the second of its kind in the Western United States. The other is located at Loma Linda University Medical Center in San Bernardino County.

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starcross | June 22, 2010 at 4:27 p.m. ― 6 years, 9 months ago

I think this is great, but lets not forget the validity of alternative medicine. The one that comes to mind is a shining jewel in the world of alternative medicine, The Gerson Institute right here in San Diego down on second avenue. Doctor Max Gerson, a German Jew who lost all of his siblings in the holocaust came to America and developed a cure for most diseases called The Gerson Therapy. Decades of proven results treating every kind of cancer and many other diseases are recorded at the Institute. This therapy stands out as the preeminent therapy among alternative and western approaches as the most successful and consistently high cure rate while being completely natural non-toxic. It offers high quality of life during treatment as well as a very low re-occurrence rate. I know because I did it. It is great that these new facilities are being built and that the treatment damages "less" tissue. But while applauding this we must remember that there are amazing (and free) therapies that cure many of the bodies ill all at one time. The finest I have found is the Gerson Therapy. I would love to see what might happen if we put $185,000,000 dollars into a care facility that delivered the Gerson Therapy to the public en mass. Holistic medicine has taken my body to new heights of health and well being while curing multiple "diseases" all with one approach. I love the idea of a less invasive cancer treatment, but the cost is so high and the profits required to pay for this facility are so great that I simply do not understand why organizations like the Gerson Institute go unnoticed when they have highly competitive and painless therapies that work.

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rsfmd | August 15, 2010 at 11:10 a.m. ― 6 years, 7 months ago

What a wonderful news for San Diego residents. Now, they don't have to travel far for this latest cancer treatment. This also good for San Diego business and put San Diego on the "map" of cancer care.
Just curious about the comments from the UCSD doctor.

1) Proton has been around much longer before 1990 ( the first patient was treated at Lawrence Berkley national lab in the 1950's, and since then there have been > 60,000 patients treated worldwide)

2) He stated that the "conventional radiation" catches up with proton, but then say UCSD is in pursue of proton. It is almost like saying:
"my hamburger is as good as your steak, but I will try to get a steak any way"
Just does not make sense to me.

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