On Friday 19th February 2016 a series of exposure to proton irradiation of the first two patients with ocular melanoma in a new proton eye radiotherapy facility was completed. The facility is located in The Bronowice Cyclotron Centre - a part of the Henryk Niewodniczański Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences in Krakow (IFJ PAN). This clinical endeavour was conducted by the collaborating team of physicians, physicists and engineers from the University Hospital in Kraków and the IFJ PAN. The beam of protons was provided by the Proteus C-235 isochronous cyclotron, which has been operated by the scientists performing nuclear physics and radiobiology experiments since 2013. This is an important step on the road to make full use of The Bronowice Cyclotron Centre, launched in October 2015.
This event coincided with the 5th anniversary of the first proton therapy, which successfully began on 18th February 2011. This was the first proton treatment carried out in Poland and in Central Europe. The 60 MeV proton beam was produced by the AIC-144 isochronous cyclotron, constructed at the IFJ PAN. 128 patients of the University Hospital in Kraków benefited from the specially designed and built by the institute for the AIC-144 cyclotron therapeutic facility in the period from 2011 to the end of 2015.
Short film documenting all stages of proton therapy - trailer
Assoc. Prof. Jerzy Grębosz
Interview with Prof. Marek Jeżabek, Prof. Paweł Olko and Dr Jan Swakoń in February 2011.
- RMF 24 radio