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Carbon ions and protons: how the CNAO treatment works

Hadrontherapy

What is hadrontherapy?

What is hadrontherapy?

Hadrontherapy is a form of radiotherapy to treat and cure tumours that are often inoperable or resistant to traditional radiotherapy treatments; since 2017, it falls within the category of the Basic Benefit Package included in the Italian National Health Service.

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What is the synchrotron?

What is the synchrotron?

The synchrotron technology is similar to the one used by CERN in Geneva, but unlike the accelerators in physics laboratories, the synchrotron has been designed and manufactured specifically for the clinical treatment of patients.

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The treatment

Patients assessed as suitable for the hadrontherapy treatment will follow a clinical-treatment pathway lasting 2 or 8 weeks, depending on the case.

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Treatment rooms

In order to perform the hadrontherapy, diagnostic images are indispensable; they are taken at the centre by means of MRI, CT and PET.

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References

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