4 February 2019
4 February: World Cancer Day

Proton therapy: looking for the ‘how?’

This year, the MAASTRO clinic in Maastricht is starting to use proton therapy—the promising new form of radiation treatment for cancer. The ‘what and why’ are no longer in question. Irradiation with protons instead of with photons can make a big difference for some types of cancer. The biggest question now revolves around the ‘how’: How can the therapy be best applied, in combination with other treatments, among other things? What is the optimal dosage? These and other questions will be answered by researchers from Maastricht University and MAASTRO clinic, in collaboration with colleagues from four other universities. The consortium has received a € 1.7 million grant for this from the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF).

By: Femke Kools