The President visits the first proton cancer treatment institution

President Alberto Fernandez This noon, at 11.30, the Argentine Proton Therapy Center (CeArP), which is being built in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Agronomía, and which will become the first institution for the treatment of cancer with protons in all of Latin America and the southern hemisphere.

The project, which was halted during the previous administration, is a joint effort between the National Atomic Energy Commission, the University of Buenos Aires and the INVAP company, and will allow Argentina to have a technology currently available only in 20 countries.

Days ago, equipment such as a cyclotron and parts associated with the transport of protons arrived from Belgium that, together with other state-of-the-art equipment, will be installed in the almost 8,000 m2 building that is being built.

The CeArP is adjacent to the Nuclear Diagnostic Center Foundation and in front of the Ángel H. Roffo Oncology Institute, institutions with which it will be linked for the care and comprehensive approach of cancer patients.

In addition, it will have two sectors of clinical treatment: with protons and with photons. It will also include a Proton Therapy Research and Development Laboratory aimed at promoting research activities and human resource training and may offer services to the industry, such as qualification of satellite components, among others.

Proton therapy is one of the therapies that nuclear medicine has to treat various oncological diseases, especially difficult-to-access tumors. Due to its precision, it is considered the most advanced form of radiotherapy, since the proton beams used leave most of their energy in the tumor and preserve nearby healthy tissues, thus improving the quality of life of patients.

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It is a particularly appropriate therapy in situations where treatment options are limited and presents specific benefits in the care of children with cancer, for which the CeArP professionals will work in close clinical collaboration with the Juan Garrahan Pediatric Hospital.

Once operational, it is estimated that the new CeArP will serve approximately 2,000 patients per year. In addition, 300 boys and girls can be treated with proton therapy per year.

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