Historically Black Hampton University on the Cutting Edge of Cancer Research

The Commonwealth of Virginia is issuing $150 million in bonds for the construction of the Proton Therapy Institute at historically black Hampton University. Construction of the 98,000-square-foot facility was begun in 2007 and is expected to be completed by the end of next year. It will be the largest free-standing proton beam therapy facility in the world.

Proton beam therapy is a new form of treatment for cancer patients. The technology allows doctors to concentrate more powerful radiation on tumors without damaging surrounding tissue. When completed, the facility expects to treat 2,000 patients annually. About 65 percent of the institute’s cases are expected to involve treatment for prostate cancer.