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Neutrons against cancer

Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) is an experimental form of radiotherapy which is a real hope for the treatment of cancers of bad prognosis. It is based on the combined action on the tumor cells of two agents that are relatively harmless by themselves, with a very local effect and therefore producing a selective destruction of malignant cells without damaging the surrounding normal cells. This is a therapy under very active research which has provided very promising results in patients with no other therapeutic options. A great expansion of this therapy is expected in the coming years thanks to the development of in-hospital accelerator-based neutron sources, including the project NeMeSis of the University of Granada. 

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