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TitleAccelerators for Cancer Therapy
Author(s)Lennox, Arlene J.
Publication DateMay 30, 2000
Report NumberFERMILAB-Conf-00/139
Unique IdentifierACC0224
Other NumbersOSTI ID: 757001
Research OrgFermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL (US)
Contract NoAC02-76CH03000
Sponsoring OrgUSDOE Office of Energy Research (ER) (US)
Other Information8th International Symposium on Radiation Physics, Prague (CZ), 6/05/2000 -- 06/09/2000
Subject43 Particle Accelerators; 62 Radiology And Nuclear Medicine ; Neoplasms; Radiotherapy; Linear Accelerators; Neutron Beams; Proton Beams
KeywordsHydron Therapy, Neutron Therapy, Proton Therapy, Medical Accelerators
Related Web PagesDOE Research Contributions to Radiation and Cancer Therapy
AbstractThe vast majority of radiation treatments for cancerous tumors are given using electron linacs that provide both electrons and photons at several energies. Design and construction of these linacs are based on mature technology that is rapidly becoming more and more standardized and sophisticated. The use of hadrons such as neutrons, protons, alphas, or carbon, oxygen and neon ions is relatively new. Accelerators for hadron therapy are far from standardized, but the use of hadron therapy as an alternative to conventional radiation has led to significant improvements and refinements in conventional treatment techniques. This paper presents the rationale for radiation therapy, describes the accelerators used in conventional and hadron therapy, and outlines the issues that must still be resolved in the emerging field of hadron therapy.
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