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BNCT, a new-generation radiation treatment, is effective in advanced head and neck cancer
Date:3/4/2011

responsible for administering the treatment, which is given at a special facility adjacent to the research nuclear reactor used at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

"The positive results that we have achieved in treating head and neck tumours have convinced us of the benefits of further developing BNCT treatment and the services needed to administer it," says the Chairman of Boneca's Board of Directors, Seppo Pakkala, MD, PhD.

"As BNCT saves healthy tissue, this promises to make it a good choice as a first-line therapy for patients with large head and neck tumours, avoiding the need for extensive surgery. Additional studies will be needed, however, before BNCT can be adopted for this use. We would also like to extend the use of BNCT to treating tumours in other anatomical areas for which there are no forms of treatment currently available."

BNCT treatment has been given to over 200 patients to date, the majority of whom had recurred head and neck cancer or malignant brain tumour. Approximately 6% of patients have come from abroad as a result of international interest in BNCT.

"We have sufficient capacity to treat more patients and are very interested in collaborating with hospitals outside Finland that would like to offer the option of BNCT treatment for their patients," says Boneca's CEO, Markku Pohjola.


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Contact: Dr. Seppo Pakkala
seppo.pakkala@hus.fi
358-505-596-549
University of Helsinki
Source:Eurekalert

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