A UK start-up located at STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory, has reached its most critical milestone yet, in the development of pioneering next-generation technology to treat cancer.
Advanced Oncotherapy plc confirms that its linear proton radiotherapy LIGHT accelerator has fired a 230 megaelectron volt (MeV) proton beam, meaning that it can treat tumours at a depth of 32 cm into the body.
This is the company’s most significant breakthrough yet, and takes it a huge step closer to bringing this technology to market.
Proton therapy is a form of radiation therapy that produces fewer side effects than conventional radiotherapy, thanks to the unique properties of protons.
Protons are large particles with a positive charge. They deposit most of their energy when they stop at the end point to the beam, resulting in almost no radiation to surrounding organs or tissue.
Offering higher disease-free survival rates, proton therapy is particularly indicated for tumours adjacent to critical normal structures (liver, lung, head and neck, prostate, breast), paediatric tumours, and tumours in patients treated with chemoradiation.