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Willis-Knighton gets groundbreaking cancer treatment

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

Willis-Knighton is unveiling a major breakthrough in medical technology.

The healthcare system has been working for seven years to get a new piece of equipment that will provide a significant boost to cancer treatments.

Later this week, they'll receive a proton therapy machine called a cyclotron.

It's a 220-ton piece of equipment that is being shipped in all the way from Belgium.

According to local cancer specialists, pencil beam scanning is the most advanced technology available to fight cancer.

Willis-knighton administrators said this will be one of only 11 proton therapy centers in the country of it's kind.

They are expanding their cancer center by 55,000 square feet to house the cyclotron.

You can watch them put the equipment in through the roof Saturday night at 9 a.m. at the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center off of Kings Highway.

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