Joint symposium 2009 on carbon ion radiotherapy.
The clinical results of carbon ion therapy pioneered in Japan remain promising, especially in a wide range of cancers that are difficult to treat using X-rays. As well as producing impressive tumour control rates, there appears to be a marked reduction in radiation-related toxicity, as would be expected from the advantageous dose distributions. There remain some controversial research-related issues, such as the radiobiological conversion methods, dose fractionation, and which form of acceler...Expand abstract
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