On 8 June, Queen Maxima will be in attendance at the official opening of the Proton Therapy Center at UMCG.
The Proton Therapy Center at UMCG, which has already been in operation since January 2018, is the first of its kind in the Netherlands. Proton therapy uses a beam of protons to irradiate diseased tissue and is most commonly used in cancer treatment. The treatment limits the patient’s exposure to radiation and decreases the risk of radiation-related side effects down the road.
Proton therapy is particularly suitable for treating young cancer patients as it causes less damage to their healthy, growing tissue. The center works closely with the Princess Maxima Centre for Children’s Oncology in Utrecht.
The Proton Therapy Center is part of UMCG’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and projects to treat up to 600 patients a year, including up to 100 children.