Lesley Jarvis, MD, PhD

Radiation therapy is used to treat cancer and is very effective, but radiation can cause side effects in some patients. Scientists have shown that if radiation is delivered to a tumor very, very quickly (termed Ultra-high dose rate or FLASH radiation therapy), the tumor will still die, but the patient will have fewer side effects. This phenomenon is called the “FLASH effect”. However, this new type of radiation is very challenging to deliver and to be certain it was delivered correctly, because it is given so fast (less than a second). We need to make special machines and tools before this treatment can be used optimally for patients. The main goals of this study are to develop these new tools and to conduct a clinical trial to test the safety and feasibility of this new type of radiation. The first trial we will run will test this treatment in patients with lymphomas that involve the skin. Finally, building on the experience using this new (UHDR) radiation for lymphoma treatment, we will prepare and design a clinical trial for testing this treatment in breast cancer, a very common cancer. The overall goal of this project is to reduce the treatment related side effects of radiation, while maintaining or improving cure rates.

Location: Norris Cotton Cancer Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock - Lebanon
Proposal: Translation of Ultra-High Dose Rate (FLASH) Radiotherapy to improve clinical outcomes
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