Welcoming Dr David Noble
Radiotherapy can often be used to cure cancers of the head and neck. Unfortunately side effects can also occur, as the salivary glands are also affected by the treatment. It is currently very difficult to deliver the planned dose of radiotherapy, to provide the best treatment whilst minimising the side effects. This is something the VoxTox project here at CompRT will improve, thanks to new support from the Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust.
By studying the side effects of the treatment, taking into account the actual doses of radiation each patient receives, new computer software can be developed which will better guide doctors in performing radiotherapy treatment.
"We are very grateful for this funding. We have made some exciting first steps on how to automate the process of defining the salivary glands on these computer images. Through our work there is a real possibility of changing practice country-wide in the future."
- Dr David Noble
Published on 18 May 2016 by John