Proton therapy treatment room at Provision's cancer center in Nashville

Provision CARES Proton Therapy treats first patient at Nashville cancer center


In October of 2018, Provision CARES Proton Therapy announced the opening of a new advanced proton therapy center and comprehensive cancer center in the Nashville area. Located in Franklin, Tennessee, Provision CARES Proton Therapy Nashville became the newest development in the expansion of patient access to one of the world’s most advanced cancer treatments, proton therapy.

Provision Nashville uses the ProNova Solutions SC360 Proton Therapy System, establishing a new Standard of Excellence by providing the most advanced technology in the only proton therapy center in Middle Tennessee. Proton therapy precisely targets tumors, reducing the risk of side effects and providing improved outcomes and quality of life for patients during and after treatment.

On Monday, October 8th, Provision treated the first patient at the new Nashville cancer center. Local Nashville business owner Mr. Robert Black, a prostate cancer patient, heard about proton therapy from his radiation oncologist, Dr. James Gray.

“I chose proton therapy treatment based on my review of the research and the extensive information shared by Dr. Gray and his team, which allowed me to make the most informed decision about treatment “, said Mr. Black. “My experience with the Provision CARES Team has been the best medical experience I could have hoped for as I move forward to conquer my cancer!”

Provision CARES Proton Therapy uses the most advanced form of proton therapy, Pencil Beam Scanning (PBS). With PBS, oncologists can treat a tumor by controlling the proton beam to a precisely configured tumor target and by adjusting the intensity of the beam to achieve the appropriate dose, then stop the beam as it exits the tumor, limiting collateral damage. As a result, surrounding vital organs and healthy tissue are better protected from unnecessary radiation.

Dr. Gray, Medical Director of Provision CARES Proton Therapy Nashville, has dedicated more than 30 years to serving cancer patients in Middle Tennessee as a Radiation Oncologist. “It’s a privilege to work with our local medical community and deliver the most advanced treatment in the world to cancer patients in Middle Tennessee,” he said.

Provision CARES Proton Therapy Nashville is located at 4588 Carothers Parkway in Franklin, Tennessee, near Williamson Medical Center. Mary Lou DuBois, President of Provision CARES Proton Therapy Nashville said, “Our team is celebrating this momentous occasion of bringing proton therapy to the Nashville community and surrounding areas. We are proud to be a part of Provision, where cancer treatment, research, and patient care exceed expectations.”

About Provision CARES Proton Therapy Nashville

Provision CARES Proton Therapy Nashville located in Franklin, Tennessee is serving cancer patients in Middle Tennessee utilizing the ProNova SC360 proton therapy system. It is the first and only cancer center in the region offering proton therapy.

About ProNova Solutions, LLC and the SC360 Proton Therapy System

ProNova was founded by former leaders of CTI Molecular Imaging, which brought positron emission tomography (PET) technology out of the laboratory and made it a clinical reality for millions of cancer patients. Today the same team is redefining cancer treatment once again with the introduction of the first and only superconducting 360-degree compact proton therapy system, making proton therapy a clinical reality. It is the only proton therapy system developed in a clinical setting, benefitting from continuous input from physicians, medical physicists, and therapists during the entire course of design and development. The system includes state-of-the-art features such as pencil beam scanning and advanced imaging with cone-beam CT, all in a compact design.