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Physics World special issue: Physics of cancer

New tools and fresh perspectives

Physics World special issue on the physics of cancer (July 2013)

Medical physicists have made – and continue to make – many valuable contributions to the treatment, diagnosis and imaging of cancer using X-rays, magnetic fields, protons and other subatomic particles. But some physicists are trying to tackle cancer through a very different approach. Rather than seeing cancer purely in terms of genetic mutations, these researchers are instead examining the physical parameters that control how cancer cells grow, evolve and spread around the body.

Find out more by downloading your free PDF copy of the July 2013 special issue of Physics World on the “physics of cancer”.

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