New Initiative for Theranostics and Particle Therapy launched

UW CARBONE CANCER CENTER LOGOThe University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center is now home to the Initiative for Theranostics and Particle Therapy.

This initiative will foster collaboration between experts across medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, nuclear medicine, medical physics and other specialties to accelerate precision radiation therapy and imaging for patients treated through the UW Health | Carbone Cancer Center.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is the perfect setting for this initiative, according to Dr. Zachary Morris, co-director of the initiative, radiation oncologist at UW Carbone and associate professor of human oncology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

“We have a unique combination of unparalleled strengths here at UW,” he said.

A key focus of the initiative will be translational research, or research that is designed to benefit human health. Investigators will assess how particle beam radiation may be effective to treat cancers that are difficult to treat using conventional radiation therapy, how diagnostic and treatment steps can be combined into a single step referred to as theranostics, and how radiation treatment plans can be personalized for each patient.

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