$100 million investment to make N.O. magnet for cancer patients

$100 million investment to make N.O. magnet for cancer patients

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Cancer patients will benefit from a $100 million dollar investment in University Medical Center.

Louisiana Economic Development announced April 21 Provision Healthcare plans to develop what it's calling Louisiana Proton Therapy Center. The center will be house in 30,000 square feet of space at University Medical Center.

Provision Healthcare, which is based in Tennessee, hopes to break ground on the project before the end of 2017. It expects the treatment center to be ready to accept patients by late 2019.

Proton therapy is a radiation treatment. It targets cancer cells with more precision compared to regular radiation. There are only two dozen proton therapy centers in operation in the U.S.

"We're proud that New Orleans will be a vital part of the solution for increasing this life-saving capacity," said Governor John Bel Edwards in a statement. "We'll see our largest city become a stronger healthcare magnet because of this center."

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