We Help You to Be Successful

Making Expertise Matter in Proton Therapy

Executive project management.

back to all services

It can take many years before the idea of offering the treatment modality of proton therapy becomes an actual project. It than usually takes a couple more before this project results in the identification of a vendor, the design of a building, financing, governance, operating procedures etc. etc.

The duration of this process is a risk in itself. So are the many many fields that have to come together to make proton therapy a success. To manage a proton therapy project to success is quite a feat, especially given this is a once-in-a-lifetime event. No surprise then that many a project was terminated after many years, when a vendor had already successfully been identified, when finance had been organised, even after start of construction!

Trees with Character provides executive project management to guide and assist a project team to minimise the risk the project will stall or fail.

This is a service for initiatives, but also for vendors who may be exposed to the risk of losing a potential customer for lack of specific proton therapy related project management expertise.

Interested, or want more information…

Ask for more information
This is how we make proton therapy a success

You can start to minimise risk in proton therapy today.

A decision is a conclusion reached after careful consideration. If you have to think it means something is not transparent. Each decision increases risk. Risk is minimised by unambiguous aims and access to expertise. You find it here.

Read more

Proton Therapy’s biggest problem is lack of transparency.

Proton Therapy's biggest problem is lack of transparency. Initiatives don't share their overall aims, vendors focus on technology. Everybody is blind to the other side's needs and capabilities. But there is another way.

Read more

Patient selection and patient referral are pivotal.

Many proton therapy centers struggle because of unrealistic projections of patients being treated. But even when making a realistic projection, the challenges of patient selection and referral remain.

Read more

Don’t buy equipment, identify the right vendor.

Because of the vendor lock-in for the lifetime of the proton therapy center, the services and capacity for innovation a vendor offers are of much greater importance than current functionality of the equipment. Shift the focus.

Read more
All explanations >
Patient selection and patient referral are pivotal.

Many proton therapy centers struggle because of an unrealistic projection of the number of patients that will be treated. In the past, and even in the present, the number of patients projected to be treated was simply the number that was required to make the business case look good. Today we know that the most successful centers treat, on average, no more than 300 patients per treatment room. But to achieve even this number takes great effort. There is the challenge of identifying the patients who will benefit from proton therapy, and there is the challenge of getting these people referred to the center.

Read more
Don’t buy equipment, identify the right vendor.

Initiatives who want to provide proton therapy treatments — often hospital organisations — are confronted with very complex and very capital intensive equipment they have never procured before. A proton therapy project is perceived as a major risk, and rightly so. Too many centers have failed or are failing. The risk lies not with the equipment, however. All vendors build reliable machinery delivering identical protons. Not all vendors, however, provide the same expertise and solutions. Initiatives should not focus on technology, but on identifying the vendor who is best able to meet their particular challenges.

Read more
You can start to minimise risk in proton therapy today.

A decision is a conclusion reached after careful consideration. If you have to think about something it means this something is not transparent. If you take a decision when something is not transparent risk increases. This risk is minimised by unambiguous aims and access to expertise. What is it that you need to achieve? Who is the expert that will help you achieve it? Trees with Character helps with both.

Read more
Proton therapy technology is the least of your worries.

Cyclotrons and synchrotrons alike are built to last for decades — as is shown by the early proton therapy centers who became operational in the previous millennium. To this day, however, the complexity of the equipment often is an initiative’s biggest concern and many resources are spent on trying to understand it. Meanwhile none of the proton therapy centers who failed failed because of the technology. There are other, much more relevant issues and challenges to be considered.

Read more
Independent consultancy made the difference for us.

Proton therapy vendors have a lot of expertise. They also need to sell their equipment and associated services and may not point out which of an initiative’s assumptions are unrealistic. Some consultants possess great expertise — as well as an agreement with a vendor. Independent consultancy can make a difference. Independent consultancy means that the only interest to consider is your interest. Trees with Character will help you to make the right choices.

Read more
Proton Therapy’s biggest problem is lack of transparency.

Initiatives don’t share their overall aims, vendors focus on technology. Everybody is blind to the other side’s needs and capabilities. Without transparency everything is a risk. Everybody is looking for safety and control. Many resources are spent on inspections, on meetings, on the contract. But there is another way.

Read more