Grant ID RP120053
Awarded On November 02, 2011
Title Beam-Scanning Radar for Tumor Tracking in Lung Cancer Radiotherapy
Program Academic Research
Award Mechanism High Impact/High Risk
Institution/Organization Texas Tech University
Principal Investigator/Program Director Changzhi Li
Cancer Sites Lung and Bronchus
Contracted Amount $199,994
Lay Summary

The proposed research aims to solve the tumor tracking problem in lung cancer radiotherapy using innovative beam-scanning radar. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. More people die from lung cancer each year than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney and melanoma cancers combined. The treatment outcome of the current modalities has been poor. Radiotherapy is a major treatment of lung cancer, either alone or combined with surgery and chemotherapy. Studies have shown that an increased radiation dose to the tumor will lead to improved survival rates. However, because lung tumors can move significantly with respiratory motion, it is very difficult to de...

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