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Thursday groundbreaking scheduled
for proton treatment, research center

June 17, 2008

A groundbreaking celebration for the Northern Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center the first cancer treatment and research center of its kind in Illinois will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at the facility site in suburban West Chicago.

Northern Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center

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. Non-invasive and painless, it is a preferred treatment in many adult and pediatric cancers.

The Northern Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center is scheduled to begin treating patients in 2010.

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