Article Abstract

Historical perspective and evolution of charged particle beam therapy

Authors: Huan Giap, Bosco Giap

Abstract

Since Roentgen’s discovery of X-ray 130 years ago, radiation has been used to treat various diseases including cancer (Figures 1,2). As much excitement seen in the early days when X-ray was found to be effective in shrinking tumors, it was also realized of the potential severe early and late adverse complications from the same treatment to nearby normal structures.