Future ‘Flash’ Radiation Therapy Could Treat Cancer in Milliseconds

An emerging cancer therapy could someday shorten the time patients spend in treatment and improve their overall outcomes. Someday, specialized systems could barrage cancer patients with particles to deliver a full course of radiation therapy in mere microseconds, new research suggests. Using an emerging technique known as flash radiotherapy, doctors could eradicate tumors in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of traditional radiation therapy — at least in theory. As of yet, the lightning-fast technique has not faced formal clinical trials in human patients,…