Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) is an attractive, next-generation method for treating refractory cancer.
By utilizing reactions between boron atoms and neutrons, BNCT destroys cancer cells selectively. It is effective also against invisibly small cancer cells and tumors that are diffcult to remove surgically.
- Development of reasonably-priced therapeutic devices that can be installed in hospitals (2010–)
- Construction of Ibaraki Neutron Medical Research Center as a center for joint studies (2011–2012)
- Animal experiments (2013)
- Clinical studies (2014–)
- Obtaining accreditation for advanced medical care (2012)
Remedial example Head and neck cancer
Principles of BNCT
Schematic diagram of a therapeutic device
Main Institutes Involved
University of Tsukuba, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Hokkaido University, Japan Chemical Analysis Center, related enterprises, Prefectural Government of Ibaraki