Three Texas healthcare leaders today announced new details of their plan to provide cancer patients with one of the world’s most advanced proton therapy centers. Dallas-based Texas Oncology, supported by McKesson Specialty Health; and Baylor Health Enterprises, an affiliate of Baylor Health Care System, announced that Irving-Las Colinas has been chosen as the home for the $105 million proton therapy facility in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation treatment, particularly effective in treating certain pediatric and adult cancers, often with fewer side effects.

Representatives expect construction to begin on the 50,000-square-foot proton therapy facility in 2013, and they anticipate the first patients will be treated in the advanced cancer treatment complex in late 2015. Final economic incentives are pending approvals later this month by Irving City Council and Dallas County Utility and Reclamation District. The facility will be located at 1501 W. Royal Lane in Irving, Texas. The healthcare organizations selected Irving in part for its central location, providing patients convenient access within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, to both the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Love Field, and to numerous hotels.

“This is a landmark day for cancer patients,” said Chris Wallace, president and CEO, Irving Economic Development Partnership. “The proton therapy facility will immediately make Irving-Las Colinas and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex a destination for world-class medical and cancer care services. We are proud that Baylor, Texas Oncology and McKesson Specialty Health have elected to build such a distinguished and coveted facility in Irving.”

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