• By Tia R. Ford

Integrated oncology facility with proton beam therapy planned for Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus

June 24, 2019
rendered image of the integrated oncology facility

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Continuing its 155-year commitment to provide the latest advances in technology and services to help care for the patients it serves, Mayo Clinic will construct a new $233 million integrated oncology facility that includes proton beam therapy on its Florida campus. In addition, the facility will incorporate innovative technology to deliver radiotherapy to cancer patients. The 140,000-square-foot facility is expected to be completed in late 2023.

The facility will be located near the Mangurian Building, which houses hematology and oncology care, and the Oncology Infusion Center. Keeping these services close together will best serve Mayo Clinic's cancer patients and further integrate cancer care on the Florida campus. The facility will include a two-gantry proton radiotherapy system.

"This facility will give us the ability to offer our patients the full spectrum of cancer treatment options, including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, CAR-T cell therapy (chimeric antigen receptor therapy T cell therapy), surgery, proton beam therapy, gamma knife radiosurgery and traditional radiotherapy," says Kent Thielen, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida. "It will also give patients access to proton beam therapy clinical trials offered through our National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center."           

The new facility will become an important part of the integrated cancer practice at Mayo Clinic, helping to better serve cancer patients on the Florida campus. Including proton beam therapy in the integrated oncology facility will make the Florida campus — and Mayo Clinic as a whole — more competitive with other leading nationally recognized cancer centers.

Mayo Clinic's Proton Beam Therapy Program uses pencil beam scanning, which delivers precise radiotherapy with lower doses of radiation to healthy tissue, subsequently reducing toxicity and negative side effects in patients. This highly targeted therapy is ideal for people with tumors close to, or in, vital organs. Proton radiotherapy represents a major technological advancement in the treatment of cancer, allowing for radiation therapy used to be carefully and exactly directed in a manner superior to traditional radiotherapy.

Mayo Clinic is investing $233 million — $211 million for the integrated oncology facility support tower and advanced radiation equipment, including proton beam, and $22 million for parking and patient walkways.

Mayo Clinic successfully introduced proton beam therapy at its campuses in Rochester, Minnesota, in 2015 and Phoenix in 2016. 

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