Method of more accurate cancer cell irradiation

The Medical Physics research group (FMF UL, UMC, IO, JSI), together with Cosylab d.d. and research partners from major hadron therapy centres around the world, obtained funding from the European Commission for the RAPTOR initiative, and the European Training Network (MSCA ETN) in the field of hadron therapy for the introduction of innovative methods for reliable cancer treatment using hadron therapy.

Hadron therapy is an advanced radiotherapy method. As with all radiotherapies, hadron therapy attacks cancer cells using ionising radiation. Ionising radiation can consist of various particles – from electromagnetic radiation known as gamma radiation, electron radiation or beta radiation, to light-nuclei radiation and helium particle radiation, known as alpha radiation. Conventional radiation therapy employs gamma radiation, photons whose losses in matter are well described by the exponential curve.  This means that the radiation dose will be highest where the radiation enters the body. As tumours are usually hidden deep in the body, a good portion of the dose is received by otherwise healthy tissues. This problem is solved by hadron therapy.

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RC Advance: Challenges of the Science of Advanced Diagnostics and Therapy

You are invited to a free online lecture and workshop entitled RC Advance: Challenges of the Science of Advanced Diagnostics and Therapy, organized by the Slovenian Innovation Hub, SRIP Health – Medicine.


Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 1pm to 5pm, in English.


Reflections on the Slovenian Center for Proton Therapy stimulated the idea of setting up a research center for the exchange of ideas and planning research in the field of advanced diagnostics and cancer therapy. Within the framework of this initiative, we want to connect various scientific disciplines and knowledge in Slovenia and beyond.


Among the lecturers, we are pleased to announce two important guests, top experts in the field of medical physics, prof. dr. Rock Mackie of the University of Wisconsin, Madison USA, who will speak on Operative Oncology and prof. dr. Thomas Bortfeld of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston USA, who will lecture on Advances in Medicine in Cancer Treatment in Hospitals and Research Centers.

The workshop will also be attended by Slovenian experts, who represent the widest range of expertise related to the development of proton therapy in Slovenia.

The registration form and program are at this link.

You are cordially invited!