Dr. Carl Rossi was the special guest speaker for the Kiwanis Club of Del Mar’s June 3 luncheon meeting. Rossi is the current Medical Director for the new Scripps Proton Therapy Center. Rossi spoke to the members of the Kiwanis Club on the highly advanced form of radiation therapy, which uses accelerated elemental particles, such as protons from hydrogen atoms, to more precisely treat cancerous tumors throughout the body.
Proton therapy has been effectively used to treat cancer patients worldwide, with fewer side effects – or complications – compared to surgery, chemotherapy and conventional radiation (photon) therapy alternatives.
The accuracy of proton beams is particularly ideal for pediatric cancer patients, who are still growing and are highly sensitive to radiation. Scripps Health and Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego plan to collaborate on treatment planning for pediatric patients and will ensure that the youngest cancer patients receive the state-of- the-art care.
The new 102,000-square-foot Proton Therapy Center in Mira Mesa will open in the fall of 2013. It will be the first in San Diego County, and one of only 10 nationwide to offer proton therapy.
Expected to attract patients from across the West, the center enhances the range of cancer care services available at Scripps Cancer Center.