82. Radiation: killer or healer? Computer simulations in radiotherapy and radiation research
Leszek Grzanka – Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Science and Institute of Computer Science and ACC Cyfronet, AGH, Krakow, PL
Radiation brings hope and fear: hope of fighting cancer with radiotherapy and fear of sickness induced by radiation dose. Recent years have seen many advances in novel radiotherapy methods, including the rapidly growing field of particle therapy. I will focus mostly on the proton therapy method, available in Poland since 2011. Computer modelling plays an important role in modelling of radiation interaction with matter, leading to improved treatment outcomes and better understanding of the therapeutic process at many levels. Such modelling is required for the process of therapy planning, in which radiation beams are shaped to obtain the best coverage of the tumor region. In this talk I will present several areas in which simulations of particle interactions with matter lead to new ideas and provide insight into cancer treatment with radiotherapy.
About the author
Leszek Grzanka received his PhD in physics in 2013. His research is on the boundary of several domains: medical physics and radiotherapy, particle physics and computer simulations. Leszek currently works in The Department of Radiation Research and Proton Radiotherapy at the Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences. Since 2009 he has been involved in high-energy physics activities at CERN, first in the TOTEM and later in the CMS experiment. Currently, he is involved in the EuroHPC PL project and applies high-performance computing to solve various problems in radiotherapy and radiation research.