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CDH Proton Center

Advancing Cancer Care

Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) is committed to advancing cancer treatment by providing our patients with the latest technology, clinical expertise and compassionate care.  The recent opening of the CDH Cancer Center, a dedicated facility that provides all the services a cancer patient may need in a single outpatient location, is the first of many milestones that reinforce our commitment to advancing cancer care.

CDH Proton Center

The CDH Proton Center further represents our commitment to be a Midwest leader in cancer care. The center, located adjacent to the CDH Cancer Center in Warrenville, is the first in Illinois to offer proton therapy – and the ninth in the country. The Center is a joint venture among CDH and Radiation Oncology Consultants Ltd. (ROC). Clinical care is provided by ROC, the Chicago area’s largest private practice radiation oncology group.

Benefits of Proton Therapy for Cancer Care

William Hartsell, MD, radiation oncologist from Radiation Oncology Consultants, Ltd, and Medical Director of the CDH Proton Center discusses some key advantages of choosing proton therapy including both short and long term benefits.


Precision Treatment

Proton therapy is one of the most precise forms of radiation therapy available today. When compared to standard X-ray radiation, it treats many of the same tumors and is equally effective at destroying cancer cells.  However, unlike X-rays, proton therapy uses protons that can be precisely controlled so that most of the radiation ends up directly in the tumor.  This is important when the tumor is located near critical organs or structures such as the brain, heart and spinal cord.

Because the proton therapy deposits most of the radiation inside the tumor, there is less damage to healthy tissue and fewer side effects than standard X-ray therapy.  This is especially beneficial for children who can experience more serious short-term and long-term side effects from radiation than adults.  In addition, clinical studies show that proton therapy reduces the risk of growth and developmental problems.

Since proton therapy causes fewer side effects, it can be used in combination with chemotherapy, as a follow-up treatment to surgery and in combination with standard radiation. There is also a lower occurrence of secondary tumors, which may appear many years after receiving radiation treatment.

Proton Therapy for Cancer Care at Cadence Health

William Hartsell, MD, radiation oncologist from Radiation Oncology Consultants, Ltd, and Medical Director of the CDH Proton Center explains what proton therapy is and the benefits of this advanced treatment.


Effective Tumor Treatment

Proton therapy has been shown to be effective in treating certain types of cancerous tumors and some non-cancerous tumors and malformations, such as tangled blood vessels. The following tumors are the ones that often benefit from proton therapy.

  • Brain
  • Pediatric
  • Head and neck
  • Base-of-skull
  • Spinal
  • Melanoma of the eye
  • Lung
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Prostate
  • Arteriovenous malformations

Types of Cancer That Benefit From Proton Therapy

William Hartsell, MD, radiation oncologist from Radiation Oncology Consultants, Ltd, and Medical Director of the CDH Proton Center identifies delicate tumor regions that benefit most from the precision of proton therapy treatment.


For more information on proton therapy, and to learn if you might be a candidate, please visit www.cdhprotoncenter.com or call 877.887.5807.

The CDH Proton Center (Center) is a joint venture between Cadence Health and Radiation Oncology Consultants, Ltd. Both organizations are dedicated to providing proton therapy in Illinois. The physicians that practice at the Center are neither agents nor employees of Cadence Health, nor CDH. They have chosen this facility as the place they wish to care for and treat their private patients.