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Beaumont Health System said Thursday it has started construction on a new center that will use a proton radiation beam technique to treat certain cancers. It’s the first single-room proton treatment facility in Michigan.

The Proton Therapy Center at Beaumont Hospital’s Cancer Institute in Royal Oak provides a high-tech alternative to destroy cancerous cells while keeping intact healthy tissue with fewer side effects. It is ideally suited to treat cancers close to vital organs such as brain tumors and soft-tissue sarcomas, as well as head and neck cancers, said Dr. Craig Stevens, chairman of radiation oncology at the Beaumont Health System.

The two-story Proton Therapy building will be 25,200 square feet, cost $40 million and take two years to construct, according to Beaumont. The center will create at least 30 clinician jobs, Stevens said.

“This technology will allow us to define future treatment strategies for cancer,” Stevens said in a statement. “We will have the capability to retreat cancer that would have otherwise been considered unsalvageable and incurable.”

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