BNCT is a biologically targeted radiation therapy that kills cancer at the cellular level. The technique uses a two-step process. In the first step, patients are injected with a tumor-targeting drug that contains non-toxic and non-radioactive boron-10.
Nanotechnology is the application of extremely small things—a nanometer is one billionth of a meter—used in science, engineering and technology. It involves the ability to view and control individual atoms and molecules and has been used in designing new therapeutics and diagnostics in medicine. As such, interest is mounting to harness nanotechnology’s potential to enhance radiation therapy and advance cancer care.