Over the last few decades, proton therapy has become an increasingly popular method of radiation therapy to treat cancerous tumours. Charged particles, such as protons, deposit most their energy at the end of their track in tissue, producing a more sophisticated radiation profile and imparting a smaller dose to healthy tissue compared to standard photon-based treatment. However, uncertainty in the stopping powers and overall range makes verifying the dose for this technique rather difficult. This talk will introduce proton therapy and present some of the research conducted at the University of Guelph to address some of its limitations.
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