Prostate cancer treatment focus of international workshop
The University of Wollongong’s Centre for Medical Radiation Physics (CMRP) recently played host to world-leading experts discussing the latest developments in the treatment of prostate cancer.
The Mini-Micro-Dosimetry and its Applications and Modern Technologies in Prostate Cancer Treatment international biennial workshop brought together from across the globe multidisciplinary researchers, industrial partners and students. In attendance were experts in radiation physics, radiobiology and radiation detection technology as well as clinicians, radiation oncologists and medical physicists.
Cancer is rapidly becoming the largest cause of mortality this century. To address this problem and save more lives, better technologies for diagnosis and treatment of cancer are required. One of the UOW’s research strengths is the Centre for Medical Radiation Physics within the School of Engineering Physics.
The centre’s core objectives are excellence in research and development in the field of innovative radiation therapy, radiation instrumentation and measurements. It has developed strong research programs in mini-micro and nano dosimetry using advanced microelectronics nano-technology, proton beam radiotherapy, micro beam radiation therapy and innovative magneto radiotherapy.
The centre has collaborations in place with leading radiation oncology institutions around the world. These include the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York, the Loma Linda University Medical Centre in California, and the Massachusetts General Hospital proton therapy centre and Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Centre. Other collaborating centres include the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, University of London University College and advanced microelectronics facilities in the Ukraine and Russia.
Specialised areas of research within the centre include X-ray radiotherapy for prostate cancer treatment, permanent radioactive seed implant brachytherapy, high dose rate brachytherapy and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy for head and neck treatment (which is in collaboration with the St George Cancer Care Centre and Illawarra Cancer Care Centre). The Centre for Medical Radiation Physics’ other general collaborators include St George Hospital, Prince of Wales Radiation Oncology, Liverpool Hospital, ANSTO and the Ingham Institute for Medical Research.
Another research project is in Space Medicine-radiation hazard prediction in avionic and space radiation environments.