In 1970, Dr. James M. Slater began a program at Loma Linda
University Medical Center (LLUMC) based upon the concept of treating patients
who had cancer with a certain type of radiation that was sufficient to control tumors
but less destructive to healthy tissues. Dr. Slater assembled a distinguished staff of
doctors, physicists, and researchers to develop a set of protocols best suited for various
forms of cancers.
Throughout the 1970's and 1980's, Dr. Slater and his colleagues, who were
located at particle research facilities around the world, studied various particles and
protocols which eventually led to the creation of the LLUMC proton system. It was
determined through this research that proton radiation techniques could be administered
by means of establishing a “Bragg peak”—that is, delivering maximum
energy to the designated cancer site and minimizing energy delivery to unintended
areas surrounding the site or the pathways to the site.
Thousands of patients have now been treated with proton. Additionally, from the
patient perspective, Loma Linda brings to the table a holistic approach to treatment. Things
like diet, exercise, and group support are key to the Loma Linda program.
Inasmuch as LLUMC is both a teaching institution and a medical facility supported
by—and a part of—the Seventh-Day Adventist community, it is important to
remember the heritage of giving. Research of this quality, delivering a non-invasive
therapy to an average of 150 to 160 patients per day costs money. In that context,
we the patients of Loma Linda, encourage the reader to research, explore, and help us
support research. Please spend some time on this site. Don’t forget to go to our
Resource Links page for important links to help you understand why
giving is so important.
A research chair in Dr. Slater’s name has been funded to provide further research
on proton modalities and protocols. Additional monies are being sought to
further the research efforts in proton beam therapy.
Breast cancer is an important avenue that is currently being explored.
Please consider your donations for this important work and help us add to the James M. Slater Chair for Proton Research. Our
goals are far-reaching, but the responses have been most gratifying.