Thursday, 14 November 2013

The Complexity of Finding A Cure for Breast Cancer

Cancer cells are very similar to healthy cells in the body. Finding effective treatments to destroy cancerous cells, while safeguarding the well being of the healthy ones, is one of the challenges scientists face in their work to find a cure for breast cancer. Within this challenge is the reality that breast cancer is not just one form of cancer, there are at least 10 different genes in our DNA that can mutate and trigger breast cancer. Read more in our monthly Londoner column, written this month by RIOT members Amelia Nuhn and Stephanie Dorman.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

International Day of Medical Physics

November 7, 2013 is the inaugrual International Day of Medical Physics (IDMP).

Why November 7th? Marie Sklodowska-Curie, a Nobel laureate known for her pioneering research on radioactivity, was born in Poland on November 7, 1867.

Medical Physics is the application of physics to medicine and health. Most medical physicists practice in the areas of radiation oncology (the treatment of cancer with ionizing radiation) and medical imaging. This year, the theme of IDMP 2013 is Radiation Exposure from Medical Procedures: Ask the Medical Physicist!

London has a strong medical physics footprint, with several RIOT team members performing research in the field. Sixty-two year ago in 1951, the world's first cancer treatment with Cobalt-60 radiation was performed at Victoria Hospital.

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