Prof. Dr. Wim Robberecht, Chief Executive Officer of UZ Leuven commented: "We are very pleased to bring this cutting-edge technology to patients in Belgium. The integration of the compact Proteus®ONE system into our existing radiotherapy department will enable us to better serve patients. Up to now, Belgian patients eligible for proton therapy had to go abroad to be treated, but now they can receive this treatment in their home country. We are excited about the potential of this technology, which destroys cancer cells while limiting the exposure of healthy tissues surrounding the tumor and reducing the risk of secondary cancers. We look forward to collaborating further with our Belgian network of hospitals and IBA so that all patients who could benefit from proton therapy can access it."
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Proton therapy is considered to be the most advanced form of radiotherapy in the fight against cancer. The unique dose deposition that proton therapy offers enables the tumor to be targeted more effectively than other treatments. Compared to photon radiotherapy, protons deposit almost all their energy within a controlled zone and, in the vast majority of cases, limit the amount of the dose deposited in the healthy tissue surrounding the tumor. The use of protons consequently offers the potential to reduce the secondary effects of the treatment.
Proteus®ONE is IBA's compact intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT) solution which, due to its open gantry, enables high patient throughput. It benefits from the latest technologies that have been developed with renowned clinical institutions and allows the treatment of patients with a large number of cancer indications.
IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) is a global medical technology company focused on bringing integrated and innovative solutions for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The company is the worldwide technology leader in the field of proton therapy, considered to be the most advanced form of radiation therapy available today. IBA's proton therapy solutions are flexible and adaptable, allowing customers to choose from universal full-scale proton therapy centers as well as compact, single room solutions. In addition, IBA also has a radiation dosimetry business and develops particle accelerators for the medical world and industry. Headquartered in Belgium and employing about 1,500 people worldwide, IBA has installed systems across the world.