The New York Proton Center is one of only 30 similar facilities in the United States employing proton therapy to treat cancer.

The New York Proton Center, located on East 125th Street between Second and Third avenues, is expected to use proton therapy to treat 1,400 patients every year. The center will be operated as a partnership between Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Montefiore Health System and the Mount Sinai Health System.

More than 20 radiation oncologists from the hospital systems will work at the New York Proton Center to administer treatments to patients suffering from different types of cancers such as brain and spine tumors, lung cancer, sarcomas, lymphomas and recurrence cancers, city officials said. Proton therapy, while still not widely available, is gaining acceptance as an effective alternative to traditional x-ray radiation therapy needed by many cancer patients, but with fewer side effects.

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