at the Maryland Proton Treatment Center in Baltimore, MD
The Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC) offers proton therapy, which is a highly advanced and precise form of radiation for cancer patients. This therapy is highly effective for a wide variety of localized tumors. Since proton therapy delivers an increased radiation dose that stops specifically at the tumor site, it protects much of the surrounding, normal tissue. It is easily tolerated, non-invasive and often times results in fewer side effects. At MPTC, our core mission is excellence in patient care and we are honored to offer our expertise to achieve the best outcomes for our patients.
About the Center
The Maryland Proton Treatment Center is one of only a few proton therapy centers in the United States. Our goal is to be a regional resource that offers accessible and affordable treatment to patients.
The Center features:
- Advanced, pencil-beam scanning in ALL 5 treatment rooms
- Comprehensive cancer care services led by an experienced team of physicians at the University of Maryland Department of Radiation Oncology
- Beautiful new outpatient center in the heart of the University of Maryland BioPark
- Complimentary parking and concierge services available for all patients
About Proton Therapy
Proton therapy is a powerful tool in the toolbox in the fight against cancer. It is an advanced and precise form of radiation therapy which decreases excess radiation to the healthy cells and vital organs in the body.
During this daily outpatient treatment, a beam of protons is delivered to the patient in accordance with their customized plan. Since it is painless and results in fewer side effects, patients can continue with normal activities such as work and school during treatment.
Proton therapy is a highly effective treatment for a wide range of localized tumors such as those found in the brain, base of skull, head and neck area, eye tumors, tumors of the esophagus, lung, prostate, liver, breast and spinal cord, as well as gastrointestinal malignancies. It is also a very important treatment option for children with cancer.
Benefits of Proton Therapy for Cancer Treatment:
- Precise form of radiation treatment for solid tumors
- Non-invasive outpatient treatment, leaving patients with
minimal discomfort and the ability to carry on with their daily lives
- Better tolerated than conventional radiation treatment because of fewer acute side effects
- Can be combined with other cancer treatments such as chemotherapy
“Proton therapy is a kind of radiation used to treat cancer. Like other types of radiation, proton therapy kills cancer cells and stops them from growing. Unlike other types of radiation therapy that use X-rays to destroy cancer cells, proton therapy uses a beam of special particles called protons. Doctors can better aim proton beams onto a tumor, so there is less damage to the surrounding healthy tissue. This allows doctors to use a higher dose of radiation with proton therapy than they can use with X-rays. Because it causes less damage to healthy tissue, proton therapy is often used for cancers that are very close to critical parts of the body.” – National Institutes of Health
About the University of Maryland
The University of Maryland Department of Radiation Oncology will operate and manage MPTC to make this advanced form of radiation therapy accessible to patients in the region and throughout the world.
Our relationship provides patients not only with state-of-the-art treatment in the forms of and intensity-modulated and image-guided proton therapy (IMPT and IGPT), but in all other aspects of radiotherapy services, including treatments such as conventional radiotherapy, brachytherapy, radiosurgery, stereotactic radiotherapy, thermal therapy, radioembolization (SirSpheres) and intensity-modulated and image-guided radiotherapy (IMRT and IGRT). In addition, all patients will have full access to a wide range of clinical trials at MPTC.
Additionally, from start to finish, patients referred to the Maryland Proton Treatment Center will be met and assisted by a dedicated concierge team member during their visit to ensure a positive experience throughout their treatment.
About the Team
The center is led by renowned radiation oncologists from the University of Maryland who are inspired by patients and driven by a passion for healing. Using a team approach to care, every patient receives an individualized treatment plan. Our physicians are involved in cutting-edge research and clinical trials, and are leading experts who have been formally trained in proton therapy.
William F. Regine, MD, FACR, FACRO
Executive Director, Maryland Proton Treatment Center; Professor and Isadore & Fannie Schneider Foxman; Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center
Dr. Regine is a leader in the field of radiation therapy and a recognized expert in the areas of GI malignancies, CNS malignancies and innovative radiation technology development. He has served as Principal or Co-Principal Investigator in multiple NCI sponsored cooperative group clinical trials. His research has defined new standards of care for patients with pancreatic cancer, brain metastases and malignant spinal cord compression. He is co-inventor of the “GammaPod,” the first treatment system dedicated to the stereotactic radiation of early stage breast cancer and is co-editor of “Principles and Practices of Stereotactic Radiosurgery,” the first comprehensive textbook of its kind. Dr. Regine’s dynamic leadership and renowned clinical/research expertise will be invaluable to MPTC.
850 West Baltimore Street Baltimore, MD 21201
Patients interested in an initial evaluation may be seen by one of our expert faculty members.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please fill out the form or call 410-369-5200.
To learn more about our referral program, to speak with a MPTC physician to see if your patient is a good candidate for proton therapy and to schedule a private tour of the Center, please fill out the form or contact Missi Hoch at 410.369.5252.
For the Public:
For community or media inquiries, please fill out the form or contact Missi Hoch at 410.369.5252.
We look forward to speaking with you.