The Executive Director of the National Association for Proton Therapy, Jennifer Maggiore recently paid a visit to the University of Wisconsin’s innovative East Park Cancer Center, which is set to revolutionize cancer treatment and patient experience. The cancer center, located at 4602 Eastpark Blvd, Madison, WI, is poised to become the first in the world to offer upright proton therapy treatment using the cutting-edge Leo Cancer Care system developed by Hitachi.
During the visit, NAPT was given an extensive tour of the facility and met with Dr. Paul Harari, a renowned leader and champion for patient experience and research in the field of oncology.
The East Park Cancer Center’s mission goes beyond state-of-the-art proton therapy; it focuses on enhancing the overall patient experience. This includes comprehensive wellness programs, patient navigation services, and improved access to treatment. The facility demonstrates a commitment to sustainability by incorporating large solar panels on its parking garage, projected to generate approximately 30 percent of the energy required on the campus.
Jennifer Maggiore expressed her enthusiasm, saying, “The University of Wisconsin is spearheading a transformative era in cancer care and patient well-being with the East Park Cancer Center. Their dedication to advancing proton therapy technology while prioritizing the patient experience is commendable. The expansion of access to proton therapy in an area where it is currently limited underscores their commitment to serving a broader population. We eagerly anticipate the positive impact this project will have, not only in Wisconsin but also as a beacon of progress for the entire nation.”
The East Park Cancer Center is on track to begin treating patients in late 2025 or early 2026. This ambitious initiative not only brings state-of-the-art medical technology to Wisconsin but also contributes to cancer research and strives to improve the patient journey through cancer diagnosis and treatment.