How 4 Advanced Technologies Are Changing The Future Of Cancer Care

Billions of dollars are poured into cancer research every year. And while chemotherapy has been the gold standard for cancer treatment over the past few decades, it’s likely that we’ll see a shift in the coming years. New technologies are being developed at a rapid pace and exciting developments are on the horizon.   pandoraferrari / Pixabay 4 Technologies Accelerating the Fight Against Cancer Traditional Read More

Seeing the future of radiotherapy in the MR Linac

We are currently calibrating a revolutionary new type of radiotherapy machine, which is set to transform cancer treatment by allowing radiation to be aimed at tumours with extreme precision. The ICR’s Helen Craig experienced the MR Linac from the inside. The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust are the first in the UK to install a state of the art Read More

Elekta, IBM Watson Health join to work on oncology

Elekta, a developer of equipment and software used to provide care to oncology patients, is partnering with IBM Watson Health to bring artificial intelligence solutions to comprehensive oncology care. Under terms of an agreement, Stockholm-based Elekta will sell Watson for Oncology as a clinical decision support solution that will be paired with Elekta’s digital cancer care solutions, including its oncology information system. Executives for Elekta Read More

Microbubbles increase radiotherapy success against breast cancer

A new study by researchers at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center has found that injecting microbubbles filled with oxygen into breast cancer tumors makes them three times more sensitive to radiotherapy. Credit: Kateryna Kon/ Microbubbles are small bubbles that can be used to deliver oxygen into cells. The study, which was published in the International Journal of Radiation, involved the use of animal models of breast Read More

We can be heroes: the masks putting children with cancer at ease

A Leeds play specialist has got creative with an imposing piece of equipment – and transformed an intimidating experience ‘Children have the opportunity to become their heroes and this empowers them.’ Photograph: Lobke Marsden Putting on a radiotherapy mask that covers your face, stretches over your shoulders and fastens to a treatment bed to hold you in place can be a claustrophobic experience for most Read More

LINAC in cancer treatment: The UDUTH model

At the Usman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital there are machines, and there is also the Linear Accelerator, commonly known as the LINAC. A true scientific marvel, it is used to treat cancer patients. Historically, doctors used radiation-filled glass tubes implants to destroy cancer cells since 1898. But this was imprecise and collateral damage was much. The modern LINAC, is a laser guided missile producing millions Read More

Scientists bring innovative microbeam radiation therapy for cancer treatment a step closer

Scientists bring innovative microbeam radiation therapy for cancer treatment a step closer ​​Radiotherapy IMRT machine. Credit: Jan Chlebik for the ICR. Scientists have developed a new mathematical tool which will speed a smart new type of radiotherapy into the first patient trials. Physicists from The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and two German research centres developed an algorithm – a set of mathematical rules – Read More

Algorithm seeks to reduce radiation therapy side effects, maintain efficacy

An algorithm for computing radiation therapy treatments developed by researchers at North Carolina State University could substantially reduce patient side effects while delivering the same results as conventional radiation therapy. That’s the finding of a new proof-of-concept study, funded by the National Science Foundation, published last week in Physics in Medicine and Biology involving model slices of five different liver tumors. For decades, cancer patients Read More

When and how to treat an IMRT patient on a second accelerator without replanning?

When a linear accelerator is unavailable for treatment, a clinical decision is imminent regarding whether a patient should be treated on a linear accelerator other than the machine the patient was scheduled on, or whether treatment should be postponed until the original Linac becomes available. This work investigates the feasibility of switching patients to different accelerators for intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). We have performed Monte Read More

The Universe Shouldn’t Exist, CERN Scientists Announce

The Veil Nebula. Credit: By Jschulman555 – Own work, Wikipedia Commons. Thank your lucky stars you’re alive. It’s truly a miracle of nature. This has nothing to do with spirituality or religion and everything to do with science. Life itself may not be the miracle. Although we haven’t found it elsewhere yet, our galaxy alone is so replete with Earth-like planets that, mathematically speaking, one Read More