Alabama NewsCenter — UAB’s Proton International therapy center celebrates its 500th patient

| September 5, 2022 @ 10:00 am

By Yvonne Taunton

Proton International at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is celebrating its 500th patient. The first proton therapy center in Alabama, its first treatment was performed March 11, 2020.

The 500th patient is 63-year-old Anthony Natale of Pensacola, Florida. He traveled to Birmingham for treatments after being diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma on the lingual tonsil with one lymph node affected.

“I really had no idea how many patients the UAB Proton Center had treated until I was notified of this accomplishment,” Natale said of the center that is one of 38 in the United States. “I feel very lucky to have been offered treatment at the Proton Center. Being the 500th patient! Wow! Feels great!”

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