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IU Proton Center closes down

Discussion in 'Radiation Oncology' started by Gfunk6, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. Gfunk6

    Gfunk6 And to think . . . I hesitated Physician PhD Faculty Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Apr 15, 2004
    SF Bay Area
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  3. medgator

    medgator Senior Member Physician 10+ Year Member

    Sep 20, 2004
    Interesting read. Thanks
  4. iradi8u

    iradi8u 7+ Year Member

    Aug 26, 2006
    My spidey senses tell me this is the beginning of the end for many proton centers. Next up? Maybe Hampton?
  5. thecarbonionangle

    thecarbonionangle 2+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2014
    you gotta wonder what's going to happen to all these proton center that are going to open up in the coming years in multiple institutions. Are we seeing the beginning of the end of a tulip-mania?
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2014
  6. Chartreuse Wombat

    Chartreuse Wombat 2+ Year Member

    May 7, 2014
    I don't think that we can generalize too much in this circumstance. IU depended on a machine that was NOT DESIGNED to treat human beings and all of the "work arounds" increased costs (by the institution) and limited efficiencies. I think the demise says more about the specifics of the particular institution rather than proton therapy in general. Additionally the IU Radiation Oncology department has had serious issues for more than a decade (witness the several Chair changes) and the Dean finally decided to stop the bleeding (advised by many luminaries in Radiation Oncology: T Lawrence, A Zietman). This closure also allows the "new chair" to start fresh without the albatross that was the IU proton facility (miles from the main campus).

    I do believe that proton facilities are overbuilt and (I hope) a few more will close in the next few years as a direct result of changes in reimbursement but not sure that this is the harbinger of doom.
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  7. J. Peterman

    J. Peterman Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 7, 2004
    I got the impression that their chairman recently departed (sudden retirement? transfer? something worse?) and now suspect this must have played a role in that situation. Also, IU's faculty turnover has been on the high side with lots of people leaving over the past few years. What has been going on? Hopefully they can realign their trajectory with fresh leadership.
  8. evilbooyaa

    evilbooyaa Staff Member Moderator 5+ Year Member

    Oct 10, 2011
    It's likely part of a larger bubble, although the main issue with IU's center was apparently that the university did not want to buy a new cyclotron to replace the aging (and less reliable) one in use. The change in chair was secondary to the university not considering a new cyclotron, not the other way around.
  9. OTN

    OTN Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 6, 2003
    The IU Proton Center was treating when I was an undergrad there in 1999 and 2000. Despite being an EARLY player in the proton game, they took several years to move on from uveal melanoma and never really leveraged their early position enough to overcome the poor location of the center.
  10. seper

    seper 7+ Year Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    great article. IU committee did say "proton bubble".
  11. mikedc813

    mikedc813 10+ Year Member

    Mar 15, 2004
    This isn't a sign that proton center development is going to slow down anytime soon - if anything it's going to keep increasing especially with smaller single room options and expanded indications made possible by PBS over DS
  12. seper

    seper 7+ Year Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    wow, can you please elaborate how PBS makes additional indications possible?
  13. OTN

    OTN Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 6, 2003
    Yeah, I agree that was quite the bold statement I'm going to add a [citation needed] to that post.

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