n South African Medical Journal - The fast neutron therapy programme for patients in South Africa should come to an end : correspondence

Volume 102, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Neutron therapy for tumours was introduced globally and in South Africa to evaluate the possible improvement of results obtained with conventional photon radiotherapy. This was based on the radiobiological finding that neutron irradiation is more effective in killing all cells, including poorly oxygenated tumour cells which are relatively resistant to conventional photon radiation.

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