Author: Falbo, L.
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WEA01 Advanced Accelerator Technology Aspects for Hadron Therapy 156
  • L. Falbo
    CNAO Foundation, Milan, Italy
  Nowadays cancer can be considered as one of the wide spread diseases all around the world. Radiotherapy is the clinical technique used in 40% of cancer treatments: nowadays about 40% of the 18000 particle accelerators running in the world are devoted to radiotherapy. Classical radiotherapy employs photons and electrons that damage not only the diseased cells but also the healthy ones. Hadrontherapy is a high-precision radiotherapy exploiting the depth-dose deposition characteristics of the hadron particles. The realization of machines for hadrontherapy is more challenging than for standard radiotherapy: while most of hospitals have a device for classical radiotherapy, the hadrontherapy needs a dedicated building with the needed technology for the hadron acceleration. The first hadrontherapy treatments have been performed in particle physics research centers clinically adapted; nowadays there are dedicated facilities designed and built as hadrontherapy centers. This paper will give an overview on the existing hadrontherapy centers presenting the technologic background that is at the basis of the hadrontherapy world.  
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