Giving radiotherapy a serious upgrade

Giving radiotherapy a

serious upgrade

Giving radiotherapy a serious upgrade

Video credit: Bjoern Eiben, University College London.

It may have first been used way back in the early 1900s, but radiotherapy is still one of the most valuable weapons in our cancer-fighting arsenal. While radiotherapy is very effective in destroying cancer cells, it can also affect some of the normal cells nearby. Stand Up to Cancer Scientists Prof Uwe Oelfke and Dr Jamie McClelland are giving radiotherapy the ultimate upgrade – turning it into a highly accurate tumour obliterating tool.

This animation shows a model of the extraordinary amount of movement made by healthy lungs during breathing. They will be used on mind-blowing new machines that live-scan patients whilst cancer blasting radiotherapy is directed at their tumours.

Uwe and Jamie aim to build and test the computer software this cool tech needs so it can be used to live track and target tumours. This would allow the tumours to get higher doses of radiotherapy whilst fewer normal cells are affected – precisely carving cancer’s destruction.

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