Northern Illinois University

NIU Office of Public Affairs


News Release

Contact: Melanie Magara, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-1681

June 12, 2008

MEDIA ALERT

June 19th groundbreaking celebration set
for Northern Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center

Northern Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center

West Chicago, Ill. — Members of the media are invited to attend the groundbreaking celebration for the Northern Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center—the first cancer treatment and research center of its kind in Illinois—at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at the facility site in suburban West Chicago.

The $159 million state-of-the-art center will be located at 777 Discovery Drive in the DuPage National Technology Park, about 30 miles west of Chicago.

Proton therapy is an advanced, highly effective form of radiation treatment, utilizing proton beams to treat cancer. The noninvasive therapy is the treatment of choice for certain pediatric and adult cancers.

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