Proton International at UAB
Proton International at UAB is the first proton therapy facility in the state. Proton International is a leader in the field of proton therapy, which uses proton beams to deliver a more precise dose of radiation to attack tumors. This prevents damage to healthy surrounding tissue, better than traditional X-ray radiation. Proton therapy is only available at 25 locations in the country.
The goal of radiation oncology has always been to get more radiation to a tumor while reducing the impact on healthy surrounding tissue. Traditional X-ray radiation therapy uses photon beams to attack cancer cells, but using protons is the next step toward improving this process. Protons reduce the dose to the healthy surrounding tissue and nearby organs which leads to less side effects, positive long-term outcomes, and improved quality of life in many patients.
Proton International at UAB is Alabama’s first and only proton therapy center. This technologically advanced, 32,500-square-foot facility is scheduled to open in early 2020. It includes a 10,000-square-foot concrete vault for the treatment equipment, 20,000 square feet of clinical space, offices, exam rooms, and a prep/recovery area, and 2,500 square feet of mechanical space. The freestanding building’s two-story lobby features high-end finishes such as large-format tile and stainless steel trim, while the exterior features UAB’s signature brick facade, metal panels, a large entry canopy, a curtain wall, and a living green wall.
This revolutionary new proton therapy center is designed to treat a variety of cancers, including:
Parking is available adjacent to the facility.