Today the young participants in the medical section of the Summer School scientific educational project visited the DLNP Medico-Technical Complex (MTC). Sergei Vasil’evich Shvidkii told the young visitors about the history of the MTC, proton therapy, and prospects for development of the Proton Radiotherapy Center in Dubna.
At present, up to 100 patients a year are given proton treatment sessions 26–28 weeks long at the MTC. Dubna holds the leading position in precision proton radiotherapy in Russia because since 1999 the method of 3D conformal proton treatment in which the dose distribution matches the target shape to within millimetreshas been implemented and successfully used here to treat deep-seated tumours.
Further development of the MTC is supposed to be through increasing the range of tumour localizations accessible for treatment, devising new treatment methods and equipment, and constructing a dedicated complex with up-to-date diagnosis equipment, a gantry system, and medical proton accelerator.