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Neutrons Against Cancer

Arlene J. Lennox, Ph.D., Department Head, Fermilab Neutron Therapy Facility

In addition to providing protons for basic high energy physics research, Fermilab's linac also generates neutrons for treating radioresistant tumors.  Access to the neutron beam has enabled the Neutron Therapy Facility to make significant contributions to international understanding of the role of neutron therapy in treating cancer.  This talk will describe the facility and compare the contributions of photon, neutron and proton therapy to cancer treatment.  Plans for upgrades, new research, and the design of a dedicated neutron therapy linac will be presented.


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