Institut Curie, rank of radiotherapie

As the birthplace of radiotherapy and a pioneer in conservative treatment and pain management, the Institut Curie continues to innovate in complex techniques and treatment procedures (high-precision radiotherapy, proton therapy, brachytherapy, imaging, oncoplasty, oncogenetics, etc.) as well as developing its clinical research activities.

The Proton Therapy Center (part of the Cancer Radiotherapy Department) has treated over 5000 patients since its creation in 1991 and is the fifth largest in the world. Rapid beam switching between treatment rooms, introduced in 2005, means that more patients can be treated simultaneously and has thus increased the center's capacity. The center can also treat very young children thanks to special equipment for general anaesthesia.

In 2010, the synchrocyclotron was replaced by a very compact new-generation, high-energy accelerator. The addition of an isocentric arm has extended the range of beam angles enabling treatment of any target in the body.

These major innovations are used to treat new indications (such as tumours in the spinal column, thorax, abdomen and pelvis) as well as the center's longstanding targets (eye tumours and tumours at the base of the skull) in adults and children.
A number of hospitals work closely with the Proton Therapy Center: in particular, the Institut Gustave Roussy and the Paris Public Hospitals Group (AP-HP) help prepare and perform part of the therapy in certain cases.
Since January 1st, 2010, the Institut Curie has extended its management to two hospitals: one in Paris and Orsay (just south of Paris) and the other in Saint-Cloud (just west of Paris). The group is accredited by France's High Authority for Healthcare.