Research Article

Boron neutron capture therapy for the treatment of lung cancer and assessment of dose received by organs at risk

Sajad Keshavarz, Elnaz Emamzadeh, Dariush Sardari*, Sepideh Yazdani Darki and Marzieh Kabirian

Published: 16 September, 2022 | Volume 6 - Issue 1 | Pages: 027-031

Recent studies on boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) have focused on investigating the appropriate neutron sources based on accelerators for neutron production, such as 7Li(p,n)7 Be. The therapeutic abilities of BNCT have been studied for the possible treatment of lung cancer using thermal and epithermal neutron beams. For neutron transport, the Monte Carlo N-particle transport code was used, and doses in the organs of different Oak Ridge National Laboratory phantoms were evaluated. The right lung was meshed with voxels to obtain depth-dose distributions using 1 eV, 10 eV, 100 eV, 1 keV, 5 keV, 8 keV and 10 keV energy sources. These results suggest that BNCT with an epithermal neutron beam can be used to treat lung cancer. By evaluating the biological dose rate and dose-depth distribution curves in healthy tissues and tumors by simulating a lung phantom, the quantities in the phantom were also evaluated. Our calculations show that with increasing boron concentration applied to the tumor, the dose is increased and the 100 eV energy source has the greatest effect on the tumor dose.

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Lung cancer; BNCT; Total biological dose; Boron concentration; Organ at risk


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