"We are Really Seeing a Miracle": Israel's "Sensational" New Technology That Can Destroy Cancerous Tumors

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"We are Really Seeing a Miracle": Israel's "Sensational" New Technology That Can Destroy Cancerous Tumors

Federico Maccioni — The Times of Israel
Dec 24, 2018

>“This is the first time in the world that you can treat solid tumors, which are the most common, with alpha radiation … We are really seeing a miracle.” -- Uzi Sofer

(Israel) -- Tel Aviv-based startup Alpha Tau Medical claims it has developed a technology that can cure tumors by injecting them with radioactive material that attacks and destroys the cancer cells. The procedure takes two hours or less and can be performed anywhere, the company says.

In the treatment, called Diffusing Alpha-emitters Radiation Therapy (DaRT), a needle containing radium-224, a radioactive isotope, is inserted into the location of the tumor. Once positioned, it emits alpha particles that have the capacity to exterminate the cancer cells. These particles are known to have the ability to cause irreparable breaks in the DNA of these cells.

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