Helping clinicians treating moving tumors with radiation


About the research

Thanks to advanced proton therapy, doctors can precisely start irradiating brain tumours. Unfortunately, they do not yet dare to use this technique on tumours in the belly. Why? Because it's a bit like playing darts with a blindfold, while you have to hit a moving target, as Sophie Heymans (KU Leuven - FWO) explains in this video. She tells you about the technique she is working on to help doctors face this challenge.

Sophie Heymans
FWO - KU Leuven

Passionate about healthcare, Sophie Heymans dedicated her career to the fight against cancer. After spending two years with IBA, the world leader in proton therapy, Sophie started missing the thrill of research and enrolled in a joint PhD at KU Leuven and Erasmus MC Rotterdam. She developed a novel method to monitor proton therapy using injectable tiny sound emitters. Now a postdoc at KU Leuven, Sophie’s aim is to bring this technique to the clinic so that more patients can benefit from safe and efficient cancer treatments.

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