We know that every patient is unique. That's why our approach to treating cancer care is personalized.

If your cancer treatment plan includes proton therapy, you can trust Baptist Health Miami Cancer Institute. As the leader of proton therapy in South Florida, we combine compassionate care and advanced technology.

Using pencil-beam scanning (PBS) technology in conjunction with state-of-the-art volumetric and surface imaging technologies, we can maximize the delivery precision and accuracy of Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy (IMPT) treatments.

With the latest generation proton delivery platform, we are the first center in the United States to bring each of these advances together — making this highly sophisticated cancer care easily accessible to our patients.

What is proton therapy?

Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation. It uses high-energy streams of proton particles to treat cancers with precision. Pencil-beam scanning (named for being the width of a pencil) targets cancer cells and saves healthy tissue. Because proton dose can be programmed to come to a localized stop inside the targeted area, the radiation dose is delivered with minimal injury to the surrounding healthy tissue.

Our Proton Therapy Specialists

Baptist Health Miami Cancer Institute offers you an internationally recognized team of experts. Our team collectively has more than 50 years of proton therapy experience. They know how to use proton therapy to treat your unique cancer.

Proton therapy experts at Baptist Health Miami Cancer Institute are also leading clinical research to improve the lives of patients in the future.

Cutting Edge Treatment In One Place

Miami Cancer Institute offers one of the world’s most comprehensive and advanced radiation oncology programs, including South Florida’s first proton therapy center. We are the only cancer center in the world to offer all of the latest radiation therapies in one place, which enables us to choose what treatment is right for you.
2200+ Patients treated with proton therapy since 2017
1940+ Patients from South Florida
150+ Patients from other parts of FL and U.S.
110+ International Patients

Experts in Radiation Therapy Have Every Tool at their Fingertips

Baptist Health has the only cancer center in the world to offer all the latest radiation therapy technologies under one roof. That means we can use the exact radiation treatment that has proven most successful for your type of cancer.

Baptist Health Miami Cancer Institute chose to invest in proton therapy because we know that it is an important tool to have in the community for treating cancer.

Proton Therapy Treatment

We can treat the following diseases with proton therapy at Baptist Health Miami Cancer Institute. You’re welcome to request a consultation with one of our experts to find out if proton therapy is right for you.

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  • Base-of-skull tumors
  • Brain tumors
  • Breast cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gastrointestinal cancer
  • Gynecologic cancer
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Paraspinal tumors
  • Pediatric cancers
  • Prostate cancer
  • Sarcoma
  • Spinal cord tumors

Our team of cancer experts will work together to recommend the best treatment for your individual needs.

How does Proton Therapy Work?

Pencil-Beam Scanning Is Precise

Proton therapy uses beams of radiation about the width of a pencil. Like a 3D printer, small pencil beams of protons with different energies deliver dose to the tumor, one layer at a time. This enables us to closely follow the shape of the tumor in 3D and avoid healthy tissue.

Advantages of Proton Therapy For Children

If your family is facing childhood cancer, proton therapy offers a new measure of hope for effectiveness and gentleness. Proton therapy can minimize unwanted side effects. This makes it ideal for pediatric cancers requiring radiotherapy treatment. Our proton therapy area has dedicated equipment for pediatric patients.

"By using proton therapy, we can stop this tumor from growing and enable Anayed to grow up and lead a relatively normal life without the side effects of conventional radiation therapy."

Request a Consultation

We invite you to learn more about treatment options for you or your loved one through a consultation with our experts. Our team will be happy to assist you.

Is proton therapy right for me?

We want to help you make an informed, confident choice about your cancer care. After assessing your specific needs, your medical team will discuss whether you are a good candidate for proton therapy. We will consider factors like your type of cancer, its location and your physical well-being.

If you would like to request a consultation, please call 786-596-2000 or fill out our online form. and our team will be happy to help you. To learn more about proton therapy, please view the following information provided by The National Association for Proton Therapy.

Your Proton Therapy Experience

At Baptist Health Miami Cancer Institute, we believe that every patient deserves exceptional care — with the best possible treatment options and the highest level of compassion.

When you arrive, our staff will greet you and tend to every aspect of your treatment with skill and kindness. Our patients helped design our facility and beautiful outdoor spaces. The result is an environment that promotes healing: a tranquil setting filled with natural light that radiates comfort.

The three treatment rooms at the Proton Therapy Center — named Honor, Overcome and Positive — were designed with soft lighting, ample privacy and comfortable amenities to enhance your treatment experience.

What to Expect at Proton Therapy Treatments

Typically, you will receive daily proton therapy as an outpatient and will not have a need to stay overnight in the hospital. The number of treatment sessions will vary based upon your type and stage of cancer.

The first step will be developing your individual treatment plan based upon specialized CT or MRI scans. You’ll get familiar with the space and lie on a table in the same position that you will later receive treatment. Your treatment team will then determine the amount of radiation to deliver over a specific period of time. Generally, patients come to the center five times a week over multiple weeks.

When it’s time for treatment, you will lie on the treatment table and be placed in the correct treatment position. Your radiation therapists will then take images to make sure you are properly positioned. You may be repositioned several times and the process repeated.

Once the treatment area is confirmed, we will begin your treatment. You will not feel the proton radiation as it is administered, but you will hear the machine and see it rotate to different position. You will be in the proton treatment room for 20-60 minutes. Usually, patients can resume normal activities immediately after treatment.

Proactive Approach to Managing Side Effects

At Baptist Health Miami Cancer Institute, we will help limit how cancer treatments affect your day-to-day life. We’ll tell you what to expect during each phase of your treatment and we will take a proactive approach to managing any side effects.

South Florida's First Proton Therapy Center

South Florida's First Proton Therapy Center

‘Pete,’ a 220-ton cyclotron and the cornerstone of the first proton therapy center in South Florida, arrived at Miami Cancer Institute, after a 4,700-mile transatlantic journey from Belgium. From its arrival at berth 19 at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, the cyclotron was transported by a 64-wheel flatbed trailer operated by two drivers, who made the overnight drive to Miami.
A Close, Comfortable Place to Stay

A Close, Comfortable Place to Stay

Hilton Miami Dadeland offers patients and their families a convenient, comfortable place to stay while receiving medical care at any of Baptist Health’s facilities. Located on the Baptist Health Baptist Hospital campus, it is a full-service hotel with signature services of Hilton Hotels & Resorts with a distinct focus on wellness.

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If you've been diagnosed with cancer, would like information about this or other radiation oncology programs, or would like a referral to our program, please give us a call.

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