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New diagnostic drug to make radiation therapy more effective

  • February 6, 2017
  • , Nikkei , p. 13
  • JMH Translation

A group of researchers at Hokkaido University led by Assistant Professor Toru Shiga have successfully developed a new method to locate highly malignant cancer cells in the body for which effective radiation therapy is difficult. The method uses a new diagnostic drug for positron emission tomography (PET) scans in order to determine areas where oxygen is scarce and cancer cells grow more easily. Accurate knowledge of specific areas of malignancy will enable doctors to target and focus radiation on these areas to achieve better treatment results. (Abridged)

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