Biology-driven proton therapy
While the technology for irradiating cancer cells is continually improving, much research is also being conducted into the fundamental biological properties of cancer cells. The Netherlands is leading the way in research into molecular biology and biomedical research on cancer. The scientists at HollandPTC want to be able to rapidly translate the latest biological insights into improvements in radiotherapy. The research focuses on how cancer cells and healthy cells respond to radiotherapy with protons.
The research questions include: How can we measure the response of cells to radiotherapy in both laboratory experiments and in the human body? Which additional (adjuvant) therapies could help to make radiotherapy more effective? Can we fine-tune the radiotherapy to take better account of biological differences between individual patients?