Holland Proton Therapy Center (HollandPTC) will be the first proton center in the Netherlands once it opens its doors in the autumn of 2017. One of the priorities of the research program at the center is the application of advanced imaging and treatment adaptation to enable more precise treatment with protons and to improve sparing of the surrounding healthy tissues. Another priority research area is the execution of clinical studies that examine how the tumor and the surrounding tissue are affected by treatment with protons. In this Q&A, Dr. Mischa Hoogeman, R&D coordinator at HollandPTC and Head of medical physics at Erasmus Medical Center Cancer Institute, describes the advances in proton therapy care that will be offered at HollandPTC, including the development and clinical implementation of adaptive and image-guided techniques to improve the efficacy of proton therapy.
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