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New software ‘could support safer personalised radiotherapy treatments’

3rd May 2013

A multidisciplinary research team are carrying out research into new software that could help improve the performance of radiotherapy approaches for cancer patients.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have begun recruitment for the VoxTox clinical study, which aims to assess how computer programmes can track how organs move between radiotherapy sessions, in order to minimise possible damage to healthy tissue.

The study will involve input from radiotherapists, physicists, engineers and up to 1,500 patients and could help clinicians in future to judge the position of organs in real time, allowing them ensure as little radiation as possible affects healthy organs.

Dr David Scott, Cancer Research UK's director of science funding, said: "Radiotherapy forms a critical part of treatment for around half of all cancer patients, so it's vital we find ways of targeting tumours more precisely to limit the damage that can lead to long-term side effects."

Earlier this week, the organisation highlighted a McMaster University showing how a common diabetes drug could be used to render lung cancer more susceptible to successful treatment with radiotherapy.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801581484-ADNFCR

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