Cancer Research

At HZDR, scientists specializing in medicine, physics, biology, radiopharmacy as well as IT and data sciences work together to crucially improve the treatment of cancer. HZDR and its numerous collaboration partners offer researchers an outstanding infrastructure for cancer research that can hold its own internationally.

Fundamental research for endoradiotherapy: How irradiation works from the inside

When neither chemotherapy nor an operation nor external irradiation help to beat cancer, medicine may apply radiolabeled substances. The HZDR Institute of Radiopharmaceutical Cancer Research investigates and develops radionuclide therapeutics for better diagnostics and highly effective treatment for cancer.

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Ion Radiation Therapy

Modern radiation therapy with charged particles such as protons is very effective and can be used with high precision, including for tumors located deep inside the body.

HZDR Clip for the Short Film Festival "Nanospots" (in German)

Nanosized particles are already in use for several industrial applications. But in the future they could also be very important in medical fields: Scientists of the Institute of Radiopharmaceutical Cancer Research at HZDR are investigating ways to use those particles for transporting drugs within the human body and using them as probes.

The HZDR scientists Julia Hesse und Katrin Taetz have produced this clip about nano particles in cancer research for the „Nanospots 2012" short film festival, where it got to the top ten of all clips.

Modern Cancer Research: PET

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) provides detailed information from the inside of the body. It is a very sensitive method for tracing and imaging cancer cells.

Gamma Camera: Highly Complex Detectors for Use in Proton Therapy

Scientists at HZDR and colleagues at OncoRay develop a gamma camera to precisely monitor and control proton therapy for cancer treatment.

HZDR participated at "Fast Forward Science 2014" with this clip.

HZDR Leipzig: How Antimatter Helps to Image Brain Diseases

Scientists from the HZDR research site in Leipzig explain how antimatter helps to diagnose and understand neuronal diseases like Alzheimer's.

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