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New cancer-fighting tech at El Camino is leaving patients with fewer side effects

Original post made on Jun 30, 2021

Blasting cancer patients with a beam of radiation is an imperfect science, but groundbreaking technology is changing the way it's done to avoid the nasty side effects of fighting cancer.

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Posted by Baluster
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 30, 2021 at 12:36 pm

Baluster is a registered user.

Many instances of a very generic term “radiation” in this article. It’s unfortunate that this may misinform or scare many readers. The one time the author tried to be a bit more specific they missed the mark. This machine most likely uses a beam of PROTONS rather than a “beam of photons” (sic) and the average reader might be better served if the author wrote about “proton beam therapy” instead of “radiation treatment”.

Posted by V
a resident of another community
on Jul 19, 2021 at 3:59 pm

V is a registered user.

This article unfortunately doesn't provide any real insight into this technology, but does let us know that there are indeed advancements in this field. However, regarding the comments from Baluster, the primary article describing the integration of radiotherapy and artificial intelligence (reference below) describes 'Photon Optimization' and while this does sound like proton beam technology on its surface, proton therapy is nonetheless still a type of radiation therapy.

Archambault Y, Boylan C, Bullock D et al. Making On-Line Adaptive Radiotherapy Possible Using Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning For Efficient Daily Re-Planning MEDICAL PHYSICS INTERNATIONAL Journal, Vol.8, No.2, May 2020

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