Tumor therapy – Fast ions in the fight against cancer

Published on October 7, 2013

Tumors can be treated using ion-beam radio-therapy. Ions are accelerated to precisely controlled speeds in a particle accelerator. They penetrate into the body, almost without harming healthy tissue until their energy is released in the tumor destroying the malignant cells. Robert Kaderka explains how this therapy works and how he and his colleagues at the GSI biophysics department are further developing the method.

Robert Kaderka | GSI, Darmstadt, Germany

Robert Kaderka studied physics at the Goethe University in Frankfurt and received his PhD in 2011 at GSI and TU Darmstadt. He is currently carrying out research at the GSI in the Department of Biophysics and is involved in the project for tracking the ion beam in treating moving tumors.

Sources

Kaderka, R.: Out-of-field dose measurements in radiotherapy PH.D. Thesis, TU Darmstadt, Germany, 2011.

Steidl P, Richter D, Schuy C, Schubert E, Haberer T, Durante M, Bert C.: A breathing thorax phantom with independently programmable 6D tumour motion for dosimetric measurements in radiation therapy, Physics in Medicine and Biology 2012, 57, 32235-2250. doi:10.1088/0031-9155/57/8/223

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