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Hampton U Cancer Treatment Center funding cut

The budget approved by state legislators Sunday includes a $510,000 cut to the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute.

The cancer-treatment center was originally slated to receive $1 million from the state. HU President William Harvey said he’s disappointed, but added that the $225 million institute can use every dollar it gets. The center, slated to open in August, is being financed through bonds and loans.

“If it comes out to $490,000, it’s a little bit and it helps,” Harvey said Monday. “Is it what it ought to be? No.”

HU has been trying to get state money for the center for four years, he said. Legislators just don’t get the importance of what HU is bringing to Virginia, he said. One in three Virginians will develop cancer and the Hampton Roads region leads the nation in prostate cancer deaths, he said.

HU’s center will treat about 2,000 patients a year who suffer from prostate, breast, lung, eye and pediatric cancers. It uses proton beam therapy, which is billed as a painless noninvasive procedure that directly targets tumors without affecting the surrounding healthy tissue.

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Hampton U. Receives Grant for Cancer Center Equipment

Hampton University has been awarded a federal grant to help buy a high-tech machine needed for its Proton Therapy Institute.

The $565,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services‘ Resources and Services Administration will help buy a PET-CT machine. It will serve as an imaging tool to pinpoint disease stages and help decide treatment plans for patients.

The $225 million cancer center is a 98,000-square-foot building. It’s scheduled to open in August and serve more than 2,000 patients a year with prostate, breast, lung, pediatric and other cancers. The center has received $2.2 million in research grants so far.