The key research topic of the JRG established in 2008 is to investigate the medical physics aspects of the potential therapeutic use of laser-accelerated proton and ion beams in cancer therapy. This includes not only the adaptation of existing methods from “conventional” particle therapy physics but also the development of new concepts for dose delivery and treatment planning to utilize the full potential of laser-accelerated particle beams. In particular, we are interested in developing fast and robust optimization tools for treatment planning that allow for efficient and safe delivery of the prescribed dose. In the long run, we are planning to set up proof-of-principle experiments to show the technical feasibility of intensity modulated radiation therapy using laser-accelerated protons by irradiating large fields with the required modulation both laterally and in depth (energy). Additionally, we study radiobiological effects of particle beams in general, and we aim to improve the quality of biological models in order to facilitate their application in clinical practice.
Besides these activities that are directly related to the MAP cluster, we are also working on other modern treatment technologies in radiation oncology like intensity modulated, image guided radiotherapy, biologically adaptive planning strategies, analysis of uncertainties and advanced optimization techniques.
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