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Radiation treatment for cancer could soon be done in one second instead of in weeks of daily doses

Radiation treatment for cancer could soon be done in one second instead of in weeks of daily doses

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Cancer patients could soon have their entire course of treatment in less than a second, according to new research. The ‘quickfire cure’ is on the horizon after scientists identified the theoretical dose that would be needed. It would end the harrowing and grueling ordeal of regular hospital visits faced by millions around the world – that can go on for months. The pioneering technique uses charged particles instead of conventional X-rays to deliver radiotherapy. It allows high-energy protons to be targeted directly at a tumor – causing fewer side-effects. Known as FLASH radiotherapy, it is set to revolutionize oncology. The groundbreaking study also showed it had the same effect on tumors as traditional radiation – while sparing healthy tissue due to the shorter exposure time.
Source: Radiation treatment for cancer could soon be done in one second instead of in weeks of daily doses

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