Successful treatment of cancer is one of the great challenges in medicine today, and radiotherapy is one of the principle methods used to eliminate tumours.
The majority of radiotherapy treatments performed today are done using intense X-rays, but proton and ion treatments are now being widely adopted around the world.
These heavy particles have particular advantages when irradiating tumours, but require larger and more expensive particle accelerators to make them, plus more careful consideration of where the radiation is directed.
In this presentation I will discuss the exciting plans underway to provide two major new proton treatment centres in the UK, talk about the challenges that need to be solved to make best use of this treatment method, and how our research in the Cockcroft Institute and at Manchester University is helping that to be achieved.
Lecture starts at 18:30 with coffee served from 18:00.