Proton therapy is the most technologically advanced form of targeted radiation treatment that uses protons instead of photons to attack cancerous tumors.
The power and precision of this lifesaving therapy will be provided through The University of Kansas Cancer Center, the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, beginning in early 2022.
The addition of Proton Therapy provides our medical and physics residents an opportunity to participate in hands-on and didactics. Training will be overseen by physicians and physicists that have trained and worked at pre-eminent academic medical centers that offer Proton Therapy mentorship. KUMC uses a team-oriented approach to assure interdisciplinary training and a variety of learning options. The breadth of the training programs include exposure to quality improvements, patient safety, financial planning, diversity, collegiality, and a host of other activities coordinated to prepare medical and physics residents to enter the professional world.
KUMC has a strong cadre on basic research scientists and translational physician scientists who will conduct proton therapy research via a variety of research methodologies including registries, clinical trials and investigator-initiated trials designed to push the intellectual envelope. Students will learn research techniques, be mentored and complete projects, and participate in the completion of posters, presentations, abstracts, and publications that strengthen their long-time contributions to their respective fields. Medical and physics residents will be able to self-design their research acumen via collaboration with faculty and completion of self-study projects.