Written by Phil Cerroni
According to healthcare provider Texas Oncology, more than 100,000 Texans will be diagnosed with cancer during 2013. Although there are many treatment options available to them including radiation therapy, chemotherapy and proton therapy, residents of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex do not have access to all the treatment options and must travel hundreds of miles to either Austin or Houston to receive proton therapy. In fact, Dallas is the largest metropolitan area in the United States that does not have a facility dedicated to this form of treatment.
This is set to change. Last year, Texas Oncology announced it would build a state-of-the-art Texas Center for Proton Therapy in Irving at Hwy 161 and Royal Lane. On May 15, the company broke ground alongside guests, cancer survivors and representatives from the City of Irving.