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Blasting Tumors With Particle Beams

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

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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.