Could Black Holes Help Treat Cancer Patients?

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    Astronomers studying stars and black holes have made a discovery that could lead to safer, more effective cancer treatments down the road.

    A new kind of radiation therapy?

    The researchers' computer simulations suggest that hitting a single gold or platinum atom with a small dose of X-rays at a narrow range of frequencies produces a flood of more than 20 low-energy electrons.

    These ejected electrons can kill cancer kills, shredding their DNA, researchers said. So doctors could embed many heavy-metal nanoparticles inside and around tumors, then hit them with a tailored shot of radiation.

    The resulting electron shower could obliterate a tumor. And the process would greatly reduce a patient's radiation exposure compared to most current radiation treatment methods, researchers said.

    Could Black Holes Help Treat Cancer Patients?
     
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    Interesting, but if the gurney happens to slip past the Schwarzschild radius, getting the patient back is gonna be a son of a gun.
     
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    Cancer rates goin' up...
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    Warning over global cancer levels
    7 September 2011 - Rise in number of cancer cases reported
     
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    Good idea. At the speed of light it would only take 1,600 years to get to the nearest B.H. At conventional speed maybe a million years?
     
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    I suggest you post this in the "Health and Lifestyle" area as its own thread.

    Frankly I also question their findings, including how they arrived at them. I do know cancer rates in the US are dropping.
     
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    All the righties that bitch about publicly funded science can now go fuck themselves.
     
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    And there it is! The wingnut political disgression. The left sucks! The right sucks! Bush! Obama! blah! Only took 7 posts to there too! wheeeee
     

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