The physics of cancer treatment: How do they do that?

Feb 22,2011
Nearly everyone has been either personally or indirectly affected by cancer. In the United States, the lifetime risk of developing a solid cancer or leukemia is estimated at four in 10. The application of the concepts and methods of physics to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer is the basis for better survival outcomes. The field of medical physics bridges physics and clinical applications in medicine.  

On Monday, March 14, Elizabeth Shiner will explain the physics principles involved in diagnosing cancer and treating tumors with radiation. She will give us a behind-the-scenes look at treatment technologies, from the basic principles of a CT scanner used in diagnosis to the complex linear accelerators used in treatment. This will be an interactive trip through cancer management as seen from both the patient side and the technology side. We will discover how radiation is created, how it is used and why it works.  

Shiner oversees the use of all radioactive materials and works with physicians to design radiation treatments at Samaritan Regional Cancer Center in Corvallis. She is a graduate of Linfield College and the University of Wisconsin.  

Visit http://oregonstate.edu/terra/science-pub/ for more information about the event.  

Date: Monday, March 14
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Old World Deli, 341 2nd St., Corvallis