British researchers have used 3D printing to create replica models of cancerous parts from patients to help doctors target tumors more precisely. 3D print modeling of tumors would help to fine-tune radiation treatment for cancer too. The scientists have created personalized replica models of cancerous body parts. The research was conducted at The Institute of Cancer Research and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Jonathan Gear, study co-leader, said: “Our research is aiming to find new ways to fine-tune the amounts of radiation given to patients as part of their treatment. There’s no reason why, in the future, treatment planning can’t incorporate 3D-printing technology to help improve radiation dosing for patients.” According to Dr Glenn Flux, head of Radioisotope Physics, the study’s findings are a welcome addition to the existing uses of 3D printing in prosthetics or to inform surgery, with the potential of improving cancer treatment considerably. “We’re really excited by this technology and the potential it has for personalising cancer treatment with highly targeted radiation,” Dr Flux said.
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