Beaumont’s proton center gets closer to completion

The Detroit News
Beaumont’s Dr. Duane Mezwa, left, and Dr. Leslie Rocher sign the beam Tuesday as Beaumont Health System prepares to place the final beam on its $40 million Proton Therapy Center in Royal Oak.

Royal Oak — Beaumont Health System put the final steel beam into place Tuesday on its $40 million Proton Therapy Center, about seven months after it broke ground on the project.

The Proton Therapy Center at Beaumont Hospital’s Cancer Institute in Royal Oak will provide a high-tech alternative to destroy cancerous cells while keeping intact healthy tissue with fewer side effects. When completed, it will be the first single-room proton treatment facility in Michigan

Proton therapy is 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 and create at least 30 clinician jobs. The facility is expected to be completed in early 2017.

Construction worker Jason Wikaryasz on Tuesday guides the final steel beam into the two-story building.