Slow electrons to combat cancer

Slow electons can be used to destroy cancer cells - but how exactly this happens has not been well understood. Now scientists at TU Wien have been able to demonstrate that a previously little-observed effect actually plays a pivotal role: Due to a process called interatomic Coulombic decay, an ion can pass on additional energy to surrounding atoms. This frees a huge number of electrons, with precisely the right amount of energy to cause optimal damage to the DNA of the cancer cells.

Slow electrons to combat cancer

Ion beams are often used today in cancer treatment: this involves electrically charged atoms being fired at the tumour to destroy cancer cells. Although, it's not actually the ions themselves ...

Thu 22 Aug 19 from Phys.org

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