Facilities form partnership

Published: Thursday, November 19, 2009 7:00 am
44 treatments over a couple of months' time, he came in at 3:30 p.m. and used very little sick leave because his workday started at 7 a.m., he said.

"It was really a no-brainer for me because it was noninvasive and required no surgery," he said. "I wouldn't even have known I had the treatments except for a couple of tan spots on my hips. I had cancer in two areas of the prostate and it was detected early, so I was an excellent candidate for proton therapy."

Oklahoma's ProCure Proton Therapy Center is the sixth such facility in the nation. One treatment area is open and four others will be phased in, with the goal of treating 1,500 people a year.

Providing better health care is crucial for Oklahomans, said Gov. Brad Henry, who spoke at the ceremony. The state recently received a ranking of 49th in the country for healthiest states, a drop from 33rd in 1990, he said.

"That, to me, is simply unacceptable," Henry said. "We must strive to improve the health of all Oklahomans, and this facility is a part of that. (The cancer institute) was a dream you talked about two years ago, and now it's a reality. This facility will make a tremendous difference, and it will save lives."

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