CAP LECTURE – Up Close and Personal Radiation Treatments for Cancer
Mar 1, 2012
3:30AM to 4:30AM
Date(s) - 01/03/2012
3:30 am - 4:30 am
Title: CAP LECTURE – Up Close and Personal Radiation Treatments for Cancer
Speaker: Dr. Rowan Thompson – Carleton University
Institute: Carleton University
Location: ABB 165
Radiation therapy is widely used for cancer treatment. From teletherapies to short distance therapies, all radiation treatments aim to maximize tumour cell kill while limiting healthy tissue radiation exposure.
Sophisticated simulations using the Monte Carlo technique are used to model the passage of radiation through matter for these treatments and calculate dose, the energy deposited in tissue by radiation. This presentation will focus on the physics of “up close” radiation treatments for cancer, in particular, simulations of radiation treatments, dose
calculations, and research aimed at personalizing treatments.
Brachytherapy, a commonly used treatment for prostate, breast, and eye cancers, will be discussed. Emerging and prospective “up close” treatment methods including the delivery of radiation therapy via nanodevices will be presented.