World first in Lausanne hospital
New flash radiation therapy for cancer
In the fight against cancer, the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) relies on a method that is new worldwide: the so-called flash radiation therapy. To this end, the hospital wants to work with partners to develop a device over the next two years that is considered revolutionary.
Jean Bourhis, chief oncologist at the Lausanne University Hospital CHUV, on Friday at the presentation of flash radiotherapy.
The device will be manufactured by the medical technology company Theryq. This is based on the technology of the European nuclear research center CERN near Geneva, as the three partners jointly announced on Friday. Flash radiation therapy uses very high energy electron beams.
The aim is to be able to treat resistant tumors better and reduce side effects. With the use of the device to be developed, the irritation caused by radiation therapy will be reduced to a few milliseconds, it was said on Friday. This would protect the healthy body tissue.
The new technology enables treatment of sites that are up to 20 centimeters deep in the body and is effective against all types of cancer.
The new device at the CHUV is scheduled to go into operation in two years. The first clinical trials are planned for 2025. Two foundations made it possible to launch the project with a contribution of around CHF 26 million.