the Ministry of Health formalized the Contract for the implantation of 10 proton therapy equipment in the National Health System (SNS), funded by the Amancio Ortega Gaona Foundation. Catalonia will receive of them of these teams, which will be located in the Pere Virgili Sanitary Park in Barcelona.
The equipment will be installed in seven autonomous communities (Basque Country, Catalonia, Galicia, Andalusia, Valencia, Canary Islands and Madrid) and, according to the ministry, these will place Spain at the at the forefront of this type of technology in the entire Europe.
The proton therapy is a special kind of radiotherapy which uses protons instead of X-rays or electrons, which allows a more localized radiation release, This leads to better dose distribution and less irradiation of surrounding healthy tissue. This modality acquires particular importance in the long survivors, especially in children.
Health, in collaboration with local authorities, has drawn up the specifications and handed over the equipment, which were fully allocated to the company Ion Beam Applications SA, for 263,538,000 euros.
The agreement was signed a little over a year ago, on October 19, 2021, and provides for the installation of 10 proton therapy equipment, financed by the foundation, which will meet the treatment needs across the national health system. The teams will be split as follows:
– A team in Pays Basque, located in the hospital complex of Donostia, with direct connection to the facilities of Onkologikoa.
– Two teams in Catalonia, located in the Sanitari Pere Virgili Park in Barcelona.
– A team in Galicia, in the former Gil Casares Hospital next to the Clínico Universitario Hospital in Santiago de Compostela.
– Two teams in Andalusia: one in the former military hospital in Seville and the other in the maternal and child hospital in Malaga.
– A team in Valencian Community, at the University Hospital of the Faith in Valencia.
– A team in The Canary Islands, at the Dr. Negrín de Gran Canaria University Hospital.
– Two teams in the The Community of Madrid: one at La Paz Hospital and the second at Fuenlabrada Hospital.