CHICAGO - Two Midwestern hospitals have postponed plans for high-profile cancer treatment centers - of which only five now exist nationally - citing a weak bond market for health care projects.

Northern Illinois University, which won approval from state regulators last year and was planning on issuing up to $200 million to finance a proton therapy treatment center outside Chicago, has decided to delay the sale until at least the spring. William Beaumont Hospital outside Detroit, which recently suffered a string of downgrades, said it would delay its plan to build a proton therapy treatment center until it interest rates improve.

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