Enhancement of fast neutron beams with Boron Neutron Capture Theory: A mechanism for achieving a selective, concomitant tumor boost
Both fast neutron radiotherapy and boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) have been utilized to treat malignant disease. Herein we discuss the potential of combining these treatments to enhance the effectiveness of fast neutron therapy through a concomitant BNCT boost. Using a fast neutron beam generated from a 50 MeV proton on beryllium reaction, we have determined that 0.1% of the beam per microgram of boron-10 per gram of tissue (microgram/g) can be deposited via BNCT. Our mathematical modeling predicts that BNCT enhancement of our beam will lead to an additional 1-2 logs of tumor cell kill for boron-10 concentrations of 30-50 micrograms/g. We have validated this via V-79 cell line in vitro measurements. A Poisson model estimation of how this additional cell kill will influence local tumor control, predicts that BNCT enhancement of fast neutron radiation will lead to a clinically significant improvement in outcome.
Buchholz, T. A.,
Laramore, G. E.,
Livesey, J. C.,
Wilbur, D. S.,
Phillips, M. H.,
Griffin, T. W.
Enhancement of fast neutron beams with Boron Neutron Capture Theory: A mechanism for achieving a selective, concomitant tumor boost.
Acta Oncologica, 33(3), 307–307.