|MadSci Network: Medicine|
The use of radiation is a common practice in the treatment and diagnosis of several types of cancer. There is one form of treatment that is similar to what you are suggesting and is being actively researched. The treatment involves the splitting of boron nuclei using thrermal neutrons. This deposits a large amount of energy at the tumor site and has some very promising results to date. The technique is called Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT). There is a great introduction to this therapy technique at the following web site: http://www.mit.edu: 8001/people/flavor/intro.html You might also what to take a look at the following web site that includes links to other good sources of BNCT information. http://www.bnct.bidmc.harvard.edu /
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