Current limitations of traditional proton therapy systems
Whilst great advances have been made in radiation therapy, great challenges and unmet needs remain. The use of protons to treat cancer has been limited by two factors - the massive size of the machines needed to accelerate the protons to their killing speed and the cost of the bunkers to house the equipment over 3 stories tall. This explains why there are only 45 proton therapy centers worldwide as of December 2013.
This is why at Advanced Oncotherapy we want to remain on the leading edge of proton therapy treatment and we are committed to developing new and improved treatment options that give hope for a majority of patients, not a minority. For these reasons, the Advanced Oncotherapy team is committed to develop the new generation of proton therapy system, a much smaller and significantly less expensive system.
Size of a gantry vs. a school bus