Science Cafe: Kill Cancer, Save the Rest! Advancing Cancer Radiation Therapy With Physics

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
6:30 p.m.
Ottawa Public Library (Sunnyside Branch)

Science Cafe with Rowan Thomson, Department of Physics

Kill cancer, save the rest! Advancing cancer radiation therapy with physics

Cancer affects many Canadians with 1 in 2 people expected to develop the disease in their life.  More than half of cancer patients undergo radiation therapy as part of their treatment: 1 in 4 Canadians will undergo radiation therapy in their lives.  Advancing radiation therapy has the potential to positively impact many people!

This presentation will focus on innovation and research in medical physics that is advancing cancer radiation therapy.  Collaborations between physicists and radiation oncologists are revealing ways to improve current cancer treatments.  Prospective treatment approaches, including radiation therapy involving nanodevices, have the potential to enhance tumour cell kill while reducing healthy tissue radiation exposure.