Victoria has committed A$50 million in funding to create a National Proton Beam Therapy Centre for the treatment of cancer in Melbourne.
Thanks to its precision, Proton Beam Therapy offers a clinical advantage for many paediatric and adult cancers by reducing toxicity and risk in causing cancers later in life.
The treatment is ideal for treating hard to reach cancer, previously untreatable cancers, and cancer in children.
A A$2 million investment was made last year, however this A$50 million means planning activities can intensify to develop a proton beam therapy centre 3 km north of Melbourne's Central Business district.
The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre will operate the centre, making it the largest public provider and leading academic provider of radiation therapy services in Victoria. It will be built on the strong research reputation of the University of Melbourne and other partners of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.
This month has been significant for Victoria's fight against cancer. The proton beam funding announcement follows the opening of the A$1 billion Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, one of the world's best cancer research and clinical facilities, and the launch of Victoria's Cancer Plan 2016-2020 with goals to save 10,000 lives by 2025.
Victoria is a leading centre for cancer care, research and the development of innovative new therapies.