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UM medical school to open new center

The University of Maryland School of Medicine has begun construction a new $200 million cancer treatment facility.

University officials will join Gov. Martin O’Malley and others for an official groundbreaking of the 110,000-square-foot center on Tuesday.

The university says the center will be the first in the Baltimore-Washington region to offer proton therapy, which more precisely targets radiation to tumors and results in fewer side effects. It is expected to treat 2,000 cancer patients a year.

James L. Hughes, University of Maryland vice president of enterprise and economic development, says the facility will double the capital investment in the university’s BioPark in west Baltimore to $400 million. It will also add about 175 jobs.