January 15, 2018
From the article
At a construction site on 126th Street in East Harlem, what is being built could be a matter of life and death to those who visit.
It is the New York Proton Center, and when it starts taking patients in February 2019, it will be the first of its kind in the state, providing specialized radiation treatment for children with cancer, those suffering from head and neck cancers and other tumors that require pinpoint treatment to avoid damage to surrounding tissues and organs…
The $300-million, three-story center has been in development for eight years, though construction didn’t start until July 2015. The Proton Center is made up of a consortium of three of New York’s leading cancer treatment providers — Sloan Kettering, Mt. Sinai, and Montefiore Health System. Coming together to purchase and share the expensive equipment made the project financially viable.
Forty percent of the construction cost is in the equipment needed for treatment, said Mr. Travis. An 80-ton cyclotron — the particle accelerator that generates the protons — was assembled in Germany, shipped to the United States, and lowered into the building in October. The beam transport system, electromagnets that steer the protons through a vacuum to the four treatment rooms, have also been delivered and are currently being set up.