In St. Petersburg opened Russia’s first proton therapy center

© RIA Novosti / Konstantin to Collabourate in fotobanka in the hospital. Archival photoIn St. Petersburg opened Russia’s first proton therapy center© RIA Novosti / Konstantin to Collabourate the image Bank

The first in Russia Clinical center proton beam therapy has started to work in test regime in St. Petersburg, take patients to the treatment centre to start in 1-1,5 months, told journalists the Chairman of the Board of the Medical Institute of a name of Sergey Berezin (MIBS) Arkady Stolpner.

«We yesterday received its first patients, the facility began operating in test mode. This means that we accept in full the diagnostic part… In the near future, as we planned, we will begin to heal. It will definitely be this year, I think, within from one to one and a half months,» he said.

Stolpner noted that currently runs the diagnostic Department of the center. In particular, it started accepting patients, the oncologists, the studies of patients on CT and magnetic resonance imaging of the last generation. There is also preparation of patients directly to treatment by the method of proton radiotherapy: are made the means of fixation of the mask and mattresses, developed individualized treatment plans first patients.

Stolpner also noted that next year the center plans to take about 400 patients, including from St. Petersburg planned treatment of more than 100 patients.

As previously reported, the volume of investments into creation of centre of proton beam therapy was 7.5 billion rubles. The agreement on public-private cooperation between the government of St. Petersburg and MIBS was signed in June 2015. The city has allocated for the construction of the center land area of 6.5 hectares in the Primorsky district, included in the address program for 2017 construction of an access road to the center.

On Saturday the Centre proton beam therapy was visited by the Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko.

Proton therapy is the most accurate and least toxic method for today radiation therapy. For irradiation uses a directed beam of protons, whose physical properties improve dose of radiation delivered to the tumor while minimizing radiation exposure to healthy organs and tissues. Center in St. Petersburg are equipped with the systems for proton therapy, which enables to apply the most advanced and accurate radiation technology — «pencil beam scanning». Due to the high efficiency and low toxicity is widely used in Pediatrics.

The need for Russia to proton therapy is estimated at 25-35 thousand people annually. Of them from 400 to 3 thousand children.

After reaching the design capacity of the Center of proton beam therapy in St. Petersburg can accommodate up to 800 people annually. It is assumed that at least half of the flow of patients will be children.

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