News & CommentBiophysics

Blasting Tumors With Particle Beams

+ See all authors and affiliations

Science  06 Feb 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5352, pp. 799
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5352.799

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text

Summary

Two new research programs in Europe have begun exploring using particle beams to treat patients with intractable brain cancer. Last week, the European Union inaugurated a five-nation program of tumor therapy using neutron beams from the high-flux reactor at the EU's Joint Research Center in Petten, the Netherlands. And later this month, two patients will get a first indication of whether a carbon-ion beam therapy developed at Germany's heavy-ion research center in Darmstadt has halted growth of their tumors.

Related Content