Leipzig University

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Researchers wish to treat tumors more effectively in the future by combining radiation therapy and focused ultrasound. The joint project SONO-RAY began on October 1st, 2016. The project is part of Leipzig University’s Innovation Center for Computer-Assisted Surgery (ICCAS) as well as OncoRay – National Center for Radiation Research in Oncology, located in Dresden. Approximately six million Euros have been granted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to fund the project.

Radiation therapy is particularly effective if the tumor tissue is well-supplied with blood and oxygen. In addition to radiosensitizing effects at relatively low temperatures, higher temperatures can even be used to kill tumor cells directly.

“We can selectively warm up these areas so that blood supply improves and the radiation therapy can work more effectively,” says Prof. Andreas Melzer, outlining one of the aims of the unique research project. Melzer is project leader of SONO-RAY and director of the ICCAS in Leipzig. “SONO-RAY links the knowledge of ultrasound treatment in Leipzig with the research of Dresden on radiation therapy. This means we can comprehensively study the innovative combined method and open up new opportunities in cancer therapies,” says radiation therapy expert Prof. Mechthild Krause, director of OncoRay and project leader of SONO-RAY for the Dresden team.

Proven Treatments Combined Anew
The two procedures – radiation therapy and focused ultrasound – are already utilized separately in tumor treatment. Combining both forms of therapy is a novel approach that has yet to be fundamentally studied in depth.

“Using focused ultrasound, we are capable of warming certain areas within the body. Radiation therapy is also a localized and very precise form of therapy,” explains Prof. Andreas Melzer. “By combining both treatment methods, we hope to destroy more tumor cells or to be able to achieve the same result with lower doses of radiation,” says Prof. Mechthild Krause, indicating the advantages of the new method.

The SONO-RAY scientists in Dresden and Leipzig expect that, by combining heat and radiation treatment, the therapeutic effect of both procedures will be increased. They wish to first investigate the innovative combined therapy in the laboratory. The method is also to be tested clinically in approximately three years.

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