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WALLINGFORD, Conn.   — Two Connecticut health care systems are teaming up with a proposal to open a new high-tech cancer treatment center.

Hartford HealthCare and Yale New Haven Health System say the 25,000-square-foot center in Wallingford would be the first in the state to provide proton beam therapy.That is a highly advanced form of radiation treatment, which uses protons rather than X-rays to treat cancer.

Officials say the advantage of proton therapy is that it can be better controlled and deliver higher doses of radiation to tumors with fewer side effects.

The treatment is currently only available at a handful of locations in the Northeast.

The plan still needs approval from the state Office of Health Strategy.

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