The idea that proton beams could play a role in treating cancer was proposed in 1946 by Dr. Robert Wilson, who is considered to be the “father of proton therapy”.
From the mid 1950’s on, proton treatment began for a limited number of cancers, with computing and treatment delivery technology advancing rapidly over the next 30 years.
By the 1980’s, these advancements made proton therapy a viable option for treating localized solid tumors in many areas of the body and proton treatment facilities began to open. Up until the last ~10 years however, proton therapy remained a scarce resource in our country with only certain types of tumors being treated. Over the last 10 years, more centers have opened and as a result a wider variety of cancers are now treated.
In 2016, the Maryland Proton Treatment Center opened as the first center in the region to offer proton therapy with the most advanced form of proton therapy in the world, called pencil beam scanning. We have treated over 2000 patients and counting with the most experienced team in the region.