Scripps Health will open San Diego County’s first proton treatment center for cancer patients today.

The $220 million center located at 9730 Summers Ridge Road in Mira Mesa is the 15th center of its kind in the U.S., according to Scripps officials, who plan to celebrate the grand opening at 11 a.m.

At the center, patients will undergo radiation treatments in which pencil-sized proton beams are used to attack tumors more precisely than other methods can, officials said, noting the goal is to prevent damage to healthy tissue around the tumors.

The center is expected to treat 2,400 patients a year.

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.