IDOM design state-of-the art proton therapy unit

12 February 2024
  • IDOM
  • IDOM
  • IDOM



Plans revealed for cancer treatment centre in Donostia, Spain

A press conference by the Basque Health Service has been held to present the proton therapy unit project in Donostia, Spain, led by Tenderstream member IDOM. The company is responsible for the design and project management for the new unit, together with the preparation of documentation required to obtain a license for the operation of a radioactive facility from the Nuclear Safety Council (CSN).

Proton therapy is currently one of the most advanced radiotherapy techniques for the treatment of certain types of cancer. The innovative treatment uses a beam of protons to target tumour tissue with greater precision and less toxicity than conventional radiotherapy, and is therefore particularly recommended for paediatric patients and certain types of tumour.  The new building will have a total of 10,000 sq m space distributed over 4 four floors - two of them below ground level - containing consultation, planning and treatment facilities. All areas will be designed around patient needs, providing comfort and showing special care for paediatric patients.

The Basque country is one of the first communities in Spain to undertake implementation of such a unit, with the government investing almost 60 million euros into the project. The minister of health, Gotzone Sagardui, stated: "This state-of-the-art health infrastructure...will serve the whole of the Basque Country and other surrounding territories with cutting-edge technology that reduces the risks for the patient, thus deepening the humanisation of treatment for people with cancer with a more advanced treatment in the fight against this disease with the aim of continuing to reduce mortality, increase survival and improve the quality of life of people with cancer.”

Lucy Nordberg
Tenderstream Head of Research

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