Improving the applicability of cancer radiotherapy
Charged particle therapy (CPT) using accelerated protons or heavy ions offers certain advantages compared to standard cancer radiotherapy using X-rays. However, issues regarding range uncertainty and poor image guidance limit the widespread applicability of CPT in cancer therapy. The EU-funded BARB project aims to address this problem by employing high-intensity radioactive ion beams that will enable the treatment of small lesions with unprecedented precision. In addition, to facilitate simultaneous treatment and visualisation, scientists will develop an innovative hybrid detector that combines positron emission tomography (PET) and gamma ray imaging. Considering that nearly 50 % of cancer cases undertake radiotherapy treatment, this optimised CPT approach will improve treatment outcome in a significant number of patients.
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