Proton Therapy for Cancer Treatment

The University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute is a world-class cancer treatment center and is part of the Southeast’s most comprehensive academic health center.

From our first patient treated in 2006 to today, we are a regional resource for high-quality, effective proton therapy in Jacksonville, which is why thousands of patients trust us with their care.

We are on a mission to help patients in Jacksonville and around the world beat cancer and live life to the fullest.

What is Proton Therapy?

an effective cancer treatment alternative

Less risk. Higher quality of life during treatment.

Proton therapy for cancer is an advanced form of radiation that uses protons, rather than X-rays. Protons can be precisely controlled, allowing our physicians to closely target your tumor and deliver powerful doses of radiation with:

  • Less damage to healthy tissue
  • Fewer side effects
  • Low risk of secondary cancers
  • Better quality of life during and after treatment

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Couple enjoying life after proton therapy


man reviewing prostate cancer treatment options

Radiation treatment for prostate cancer

By Bradlee Robbert and Christina L. Mershell

Being diagnosed with prostate cancer can be overwhelming, especially when considering treatment options. Although surgery is often recommended, exploring alternative treatments, such as radiation therapy, is essential.

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proton therapy for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma

Current evidence on proton therapy for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma

By Christina L. Mershell

Cancer specialists who treat cancer of the head and neck have come together to review the current evidence on the use of proton therapy treatment for patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC).

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News & Information

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UF Health Supports You and Olympic Athletes With Groundbreaking Care

UF Health has joined the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Medical Network, now providing Team USA’s elite athletes with the same world-class health care that’s available to you and your family.

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American College of Radiology (ACR) Accreditation

American College of Radiology (ACR) Accredited

The ACR seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety. We are the only proton facility in Jacksonville to receive this accreditation in radiation oncology.

We surpass standards  

Florida Cancer Center of Excellence Award

Florida Cancer Center of Excellence

As part of the University of Florida Health Cancer Center, the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute is a designated Florida Cancer Center of Excellence, an award that recognizes exemplary patient-centered care.

We’re committed to care  

nci designated cancer center

NCI-Designated Cancer Center

The UF Health Proton Therapy Institute is an integral part of the UF Health Cancer Center, one of a select group of prestigious cancer programs across the country to be designated an NCI Cancer Center.

We’re leaders in cancer research