Hickenlooper and Colorado delegation visit Japan to study cancer facility

Friday October 9, 2015 0 comments Tags: Fort Collins, Gov. John Hickenloop, Tony Frank, radiotherapy, Aurora


FORT COLLINS -- Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and a delegation of Colorado State University officials are touring a cutting-edge cancer radiation facility in Japan this week.

The trip will help the Colorado delegation learn about a similar facility CSU and partners are planning to build in Aurora.CSU_logoUSE_2

Colorado cancer researchers and doctors last year announced a $200,000 feasibility study for what would be the nation’s first carbon-ion radiotherapy research and treatment center.

The proposed facility would provide patients with radiation therapy against highly resistant cancers that is now available only in Japan, China and Europe.

The center is expected to cost $180 million and backers say it would generate an estimated $75 million annually for the state’s economy.

The project’s collaborators include radiation experts at CSU and oncologists and the University of Colorado, who signed a memorandum of understanding with University of Colorado Health’s Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins and with radiotherapy experts at the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in Japan.

Hickenlooper, CSU president Tony Frank and others will tour the NIRS facility on Oct. 10.

After leaving Japan, the Colorado delegation will visit China, Turkey and Israel.