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.

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