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The Final Frontier of Radiation Therapy

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With advances in radiation therapy, cancer treatment has come a long way in the last twenty years. Therapy with high-energy photons from medical linacs has become the mainstay of oncology and saves millions of lives each year. At the same time, a multitude of advanced radiation therapy modalities has reached maturity, such as particle, boron neutron capture and heavy-ion therapy. The clinical and manufacturer communities are now concentrating on optimising, leveraging and consolidating the performance and capabilities of specific subsystems and elements of radiation therapy devices and facilities worldwide.

Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (Part II) – Industrial Aspects

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Irradiating cancer cells from "the inside out" without affecting healthy tissue has been a dream of medical physicists and oncologists for almost a century.
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Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (Part I) – Current and Future Clinical Aspects

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Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) is not yet a "household name" at your nearest oncology ward, but it may soon become one. It is a two-step treatment combining the infusion of a drug containing boron-10 and irradiation with low-energy neutrons. Neither the drug nor the neutron beam are Independently toxic and affect healthy tissue minimally.
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Boron Neutron Capture Therapy: When Drugs and Neutrons Combine

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A next-generation cancer treatment is now heading to your neighbourhood clinic, and it's called Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT). It has the potential to deliver highly effective and very cell-selective radiation therapy with a truly low impact on the patient's quality of life, possibly less than all other radiation, chemotherapy or biological therapy modalities in current use.
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The Future of Radiation Therapy with Online Adaptive

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Online adaptive radiation therapy is currently a hot topic in radiation oncology. But what does the radiation therapy industry have to do to really bring online adaptive into clinical applications? Cosylab is a medical software company that has always worked towards making “adaptive” commonplace in the clinic for effective and affordable radiation therapy. For example, we co-founded the international RAPTOR project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. RAPTOR’s mission is close to our heart and vision: how to bring Real-time Adaptive Particle Therapy of cancer to the clinic.
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How the Patient Safety System Contributes to High Device Uptime at MedAustron

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We explore how a well-constructed patient safety system is able to integrate tightly with a Dose Delivery System and how it contributes to a system with an overall high device uptime. The latter is an important success factor in the exploitation of capital-intensive medical facilities, such as particle therapy.
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The News From ASTRO 2021

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This year's Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) was, again, a live event. It was held in Chicago between the 24th and 27th of October 2021 at McCormick Place West. After the radiation therapy (RT) community was predominantly sheltered from the COVID-19 pandemic for 18 months, it was good to see our friends and acquaintances from clinical oncology, research, and the radiation therapy industry.
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All the Ways to Cure Breast Cancer

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), breast cancer became the most common cancer globally as of 2021, accounting for 12% of all new annual cancer cases worldwide. Breast cancer occurs in every country of the world in women at any age after puberty, with its rates increasing later in life. On the other hand, today's breast cancer treatments can be highly effective, achieving survival probabilities of 90% or higher, particularly when the disease is identified early.
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PT Software and its outsourcing

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This is the last article in the blog series "Developing great software for particle therapy systems". Particle therapy (PT) machines are highly complex, and their integration is often broadly underestimated. Software is the foundation that binds all the subsystems and machine parts in a cohesive and functioning entirety that treats patients effectively, safely, and quickly.
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PT Software and its contribution to PT improvement and system upgrades

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This is the fourth article in the blog series "Developing great software for particle therapy systems". Particle Therapy (PT) machines are proverbially complex, and new engineers starting in the PT domain often underestimate this in their integrations. PT software connects all the machine parts and subsystems in a functioning entirety that should treat patients safely, effectively and quickly.