BRUSSELS, April 22 Proton therapy group IBA
on Tuesday said that it had signed a contract to
install a single-room proton therapy centre in Japan.
The Belgian company said the contract included a substantial
upfront payment but gave no further details about financial
terms. The centre would be ready by 2017, it added.
IBA currently has 16 proton therapy centres installed
worldwide, with another 11 under development.
Proton therapy is a treatment for cancer which allows more
precise targeting of tumours than traditional radiation therapy,
leading to less collateral damage of healthy tissue.
While some therapy centres cover entire hospital wings, the
more compact single-room unit IBA will install in Japan is much
(Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)