SAHMRI 2 will expand our capacity to conduct ground-breaking research, and dramatically increase Australian patients’ access to the best cancer care.
Proton therapy: New hope for cancer patients
Proton therapy is a type of radiation treatment used to treat cancer. It is the most precise form of cancer treatment; it delivers radiation directly to the cancerous tissues, leaving the surrounding healthy tissue unaffected.
This treatment is preferred for treating children with certain tumours because it lessens the chance of harming healthy, developing tissue.
Proton therapy is currently unavailable in Australia. At present the Australian Government sends a small number of patients to America, Japan or Europe for proton therapy every year.
This therapy is used to treat cancers such as:
- Central nervous system cancers
- Eye cancer
- Head and neck cancers
- Liver cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Noncancerous brain tumours
The Proton Therapy Unit will also be a resource for our researchers as they continue to develop new ways to treat diseases.
SAHMRI 2: the building facts
The new SAHMRI 2 building will be made up of:
- the only Proton Therapy Unit in the Southern Hemisphere
- 14 floors totalling approximately 21,000 square metres
- 10 floors of dry lab space
- 10 clinical trial rooms
Planning for our future
The SAHMRI 2 project is still in development. We hope to open the doors to SAHMRI 2 in 2020.