2011 Article ICNCT14 Treatment plannings

Investigation of irradiation conditions for recurrent breast cancer in JRR-4

Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 2011

Authors:   H. Horiguchi,T. Nakamura,H. Kumada,H. Yanagie,M. Suzuki,H. Sagawa,
Journal: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
Abstract: Clinical trials of boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) for recurrent breast cancers are considered at Japan Research Reactor No. 4 (JRR-4). In this study, the irradiation technique for a total mastectomy patient with recurrent cancer was optimized by dosimetric calculations using JAEA computational dosimetry system (JCDS). The evaluation was performed using an en face technique and a tangents technique with thermal neutron beam mode at JRR-4. The results revealed that equivalent doses of lung, heart, liver and skin were similar in each irradiation technique due to the isotropic scattering of thermal neutrons in the body. On the other hand, the irradiation time with the tangents technique was a few times longer than with the en face technique. We concluded that the en face technique was an optimal irradiation technique for recurrent breast cancers using thermal neutron beam mode in terms of shorter irradiation time and easier patient positioning.