Cancer treatment involves combining surgical, systemic and local therapies based on a complete medical representation of the patient. Radiation therapy for cancer depends on advances in radiation oncology physics to optimize radiation dose to the tumour while keeping the dose to normal tissues as low as possible, leading to improved local control and reduced toxicity. Precision radiation medicine aims to make radiation medicine more precise and tailored to each patient.
My research program focuses on three themes:
- Developing two novel technologies for radiation therapy. The first technology is mixed photon-electron radiation therapy, which better spares normal tissues for superficial treatment sites. The second technology is proton therapy, which has the potential to improve the quality of cancer survival and reduce the socio-economic burden of treatment. However, proton therapy is expensive. We are developing novel proton technology that is 6 to 10 times more affordable than today’s state of the art proton technology.
- Reducing uncertainties in the radiation dose delivered to the patient by creating and developing new-generation clinically viable detector technologies. The impact of this work lies in international recommendations on suitable detector devices applied clinically worldwide.
- Using digital patient information to improve and customize medical care using machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques.