HU To Break Ground For Proton Therapy Institute

Hampton, VA – Hampton University will break ground on the sixth and largest proton cancer treatment center in the nation, on Monday, July 23 at 9:30 a.m.

The ceremony for the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) will be held at 40 Enterprise Parkway at the Hampton Roads Center South business park in Hampton.

“We are pleased to bring to Virginia, and the Mid-Atlantic region, the most precise form of cancer treatment known to the medical field today,” said President William R. Harvey. “Unfortunately, one out of every three Virginians will be diagnosed with cancer in his or her lifetime. Therefore, without a doubt, Hampton University&039;s Proton Therapy Institute will address a great need.”

“The groundbreaking ceremony is a major step and a monumental occasion for the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation. It is very clear that our efforts will ease human misery and save lives.”

The 98,000 square foot facility, upon its opening scheduled for 2011, will treat approximately 125 patients daily (over 2,000 patients per year) and will feature four gantry rooms and one fixed beam room.

“IBA congratulates Hampton University for their foresight and vision in making the decision to build a proton therapy facility,” said Bernt Nordin, President, IBA Particle Therapy Inc., the manufacturer of the accelerator, gantries and other equipment for HUPTI. “Their ability to make the vision reality is inspirational for the entire radiation oncology community.”

“IBA is proud to be associated with such a prestigious institution, and to partner with Hampton in their mission to improve cancer patient outcomes.”

Proton therapy is widely recognized as the most precise form of cancer treatment available to date, able to target the tumor directly, proton therapy leaves healthy tissue unharmed. Patients who undergo this form of treatment have been able to maintain their normal schedules with little to no side effects.

“African-Americans suffer disproportionately from cancer, accounting for 59% of all prostate cancer cases, “said Dwight Jones, chairman of the Virginia Congressional Black Caucus. “It is vitally important that this form of cancer treatment be made available to our Virginia citizens.”

HU continues to receive support for HUPTI. “The Proton Beam Cancer Treatment facility at Hampton University offers a tremendous opportunity for improved quality of care for individuals who need cancer treatment,” said Del. Phillip Hamilton. “This facility will enhance cancer treatment by providing another option for physicians and patients.”

“I applaud Hampton University and its partners for taking the lead in bringing this innovative cancer research and treatment to Virginia,” said Sen. Mamie E. Locke. “The Proton Therapy Institute will be instrumental in saving the lives of Virginia citizens and people throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

“The Commonwealth of Virginia would do well in providing support for this most worthwhile endeavor.”

“Hampton University is owed a tremendous debt for bringing this state of the art cancer treatment center to Virginia,” said Del. Mamye E. BaCote. “It is greatly needed for all people and that is why I am pushing the Commonwealth of Virginia to support it at the $10 million level.”

For additional information, please contact Sarita L. Scott at 757-727-5620 or via email at sarita.scott@hamptonu.edu