The Australian Bragg Centre for Proton Therapy and Research will provide proton radiation treatment to paediatric, adolescent and adult patients with rare cancer types. It will be Australia’s first proton therapy unit and the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

Proton therapy delivers precise, non-invasive radiation that has the capacity to eliminate tumours while minimising exposure to surrounding healthy tissues, enabling safer treatment of cancers in younger patients and cancers that are close to vital organs.

 

The Australian Bragg Centre for Proton Therapy and Research will occupy the ground floor and three below-ground levels of the Australian Bragg Centre building which is currently under construction on the eastern side of the distinctive SAHMRI building on North Terrace, Adelaide.

The building is expected to be completed in 2023. From then, the proton therapy machine will undergo 12-18 months of installation and testing before patient treatment begins.

The centre will also be an integral part in a global network undertaking proton therapy research. As a relatively new treatment option and one that remains expensive and not widely available, proton therapy has only been validated against a small range of cancers. The technology is potentially beneficial in treating many other diseases, but more research is needed in these areas to prove its efficacy.