COAST CITIES — In a move that signals further expansion of its cancer services, Scripps Health held a groundbreaking celebration for a new $43.9 million radiation therapy center that will feature some of the most advanced technologies of its kind in the world for treating cancer.
The new center is the latest development in Scripps’ expanding capabilities in cancer care. The 41,000-square-foot center will be built on an 8-acre parcel at 10670 John Jay Hopkins Drive. With grading under way, construction for the building is expected to begin by June. The center is scheduled to open for patient care by the third quarter of 2012.
The facility will include three new, state-of-the art linear accelerators: One TrueBeam STx linear accelerator – which will be the first of its kind in San Diego – and two Clinac linear accelerators, each manufactured by Varian Medical Systems of Palo Alto. TrueBeam STx technology choreographs various high-tech systems – 3-D tumor imaging, beam delivery and motion management – to deliver external beam radiation therapy to the patient with unprecedented safety and accuracy.
The FDA-approved technology can treat cancers anywhere in the body, including especially challenging cases in the brain, spine, lung, liver and prostate.
There are currently fewer than 20 TrueBeam STx units in use worldwide. The closest unit to San Diego is in Palo Alto, with the majority of the units being used on the East Coast or overseas.
Located on the Torrey Pines Mesa in La Jolla, center will serve Scripps patients from across the region that require radiation therapies and offer patients access to clinical trials. The new center will also offer a patient education resource library, clinical research space, a healing garden, patient locker and gowning areas and physician offices.
Costs to build and equip the radiation therapy center will be funded through a combination of income from operations, debt financing and philanthropy.
The new center will consolidate Scripps’ two existing radiation oncology centers, which are now housed at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Green Hospital.