Nelson Miksys, Department of Physics

In 1901, Pierre Curie first suggested to treat cancer by surgically implanting radioactive material into a tumour. Over 100 years later this technique, called brachytherapy, is a common radiation therapy approach to battle a variety of cancers including prostate, cervical, ocular and breast cancer. A lot has changed since the early days of brachytherapy when plans were hand calculated on paper. After briefly reviewing the current state of cancer rates and treatment approaches in Canada (with a focus on brachytherapy), this talk will discuss how today’s cutting-edge research using computer simulations is helping to improve the brachytherapy treatments of tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 in
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