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Neutron beam therapy targets brain cancer

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7167.1176b (Published 31 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1176
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    A UK centre is pioneering a new form of radiotherapy based on neutron beams, which could previously only be generated by nuclear reactors, for patients with brain tumours.

    The technique–boron neutron capture therapy–involves the injection of a boron-carrying compound into the blood which is selectively taken up by tumour cells. A beam of low energy neutrons …

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