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Fractionation Considerations for Boron Neutron Capture Therapy: The Perspective of a Clinician

  • Allen G. Meek
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 50)

Abstract

Fractionation is the cornerstone of modern megavoltage photon therapy. The sparsely ionizing nature of x-ray therapy seems to necessitate fractionation for successful sterilization of malignant tumors. However, high-LET, densely ionizing radiations such as neutrons or alpha particles are less dependent on fractionation for their success. In this context, I will weigh the advantages and disadvantages of fractionation for boron neutron capture therapy for malignant gliomas.

Keywords

Malignant Glioma Alpha Particle Neutron Beam Boron Neutron Capture Therapy Therapeutic Gain 
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Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Allen G. Meek
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  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyUniversity Hospital at Stony BrookStony BrookUSA

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