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Particle therapy in Marburg to be put into operation

Contracts with Rhön Clinical Center signed



The cancer treatment with heavy ions developped at GSI will be put into operation at the Rhön Clinical Center, Marburg. On Wednesday, September 24, 2014, the Hessian Minister of Science Boris Rhein announced that the federal state government stroke an agreement with the Rhön Clinical Center AG respective the controversy on the operation of the particle therapy facility. On Monday, September 22, 2014, all contracts were signed.

The cancer therapy with carbon ions is the result of many years of research at GSI. With the GSI accelerator facility more than 440 patients with tumors in the head or neck region got successfully treated between 1997 and 2008. Thereupon the first ion beam therapy facility was constructed in Heidelberg in cooperation with GSI. This facility is in operation since 2009. Now the therapy will benefit patients at a second location.

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Press release by the Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts (German only): Agreement with  Rhön Clinical Center: Particle therapy facility in Marburg to be put into operation

Therapy – Treatment Facility at GSI.
Therapy facility in Marburg.
Therapy – Treatment Facility at GSI.
Photo: A. Zschau/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
Image: GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH