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April 23, 2015 // By Steve Graff // Comments

Roberts Proton Therapy Center Celebrates 5 Years (Photos)

Cancer // International Education // Patient Care // Patient Education

15Congratulations to the Roberts Proton Therapy Center on its five year anniversary! On Wednesday night, the department of Radiation Oncology held an event in the Smilow Center for Translational Research to celebrate this significant milestone with faculty, staff, Penn Medicine leadership, patients and their families, and the Roberts family, including University of Pennsylvania alumni Ralph J. Roberts and his wife Suzanne, who said a few words.

The event also honored the Penn Proton Alumni Group, which helps connect current and former patents for peer-to-peer support.

In 2006, Ralph and his son Brian L. Roberts donated $15 million to help create the Center. Four years later, the Center opened, and was one of only five in the country. Since that time, 14 are now operational and 10 more are under construction.  It’s one of the fastest-growing therapies for treating cancer, and Penn continues to be on top, said James Metz, MD, interim chair of the department of Radiation Oncology, who also spoke at the event. 

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