Universität Rostock, 2020
Abstract: During tumor therapy with proton beams, healthy tissue outside of the target region is exposed to secondary neutrons (scattered radiation). This work deals with the risk of the development of of secondary malignant neoplasms as a long-term consequence of neutron exposure. Normal human breast cells were irradiated with neutrons of different energy spectra to investigate the radiobiological effects of these scattered radiation. The results are highly relevant for further investigations of radiation-induced carcinogenesis and for a better risk assessment.
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