Year

2020

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

School of Physics

Abstract

Radiation therapy with charged particles, protons and carbon ions in particular, is a modality used for cancer treatment that has expanded dramatically in recent times. This trend can be explained by a number of favourable characteristics of charged particles including a well defined range, reduced lateral scattering and a heightened relative biological effectiveness (RBE) at the treatment site. Particle therapy sees a substantial reduction in the integral dose received by the patient, better dose conformity to the target and reduced likelihood of normal tissue complication.

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