It will be possible to burn some tumors in a second thanks to the use of electron beams generated by laser.
This is what was discovered by a scientist from Bari, Gabriele Grittani, who works in the Eli-Beamlines research center in Dolni Brezany, a few kilometers from Prague. Grittani, a young nuclear physicist, has patented the new system that promises greater effectiveness in the fight against cancer, particularly in the treatment of lung and prostate cancer.
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“It is underway”, explains Grittani, “the realisation of an indispensable prototype to start the experimental phase of a radiotherapy that represents a historical turning point in the field of tumors.
The advantages of this discovery are many. Electrons are faster and lighter than the protons used today. Therefore, a therapy based on electrons is certainly faster, it is less invasive and more economical. Moreover, thanks to the laser technology, the machinery allows the real-time monitoring of the tumor position, which involves a greater control over the patient’s therapy”.
Grittani, born in Bari, graduated from Pisa, then moved to Prague for a research doctorate and now works in the research center, developing new technologies based on laserplasma.