Speaking with DoseOptics co-founder and President Brian Pogue, one gets the sense that using radiation therapy to treat cancer is somewhat akin to breaking open a piñata. You hang the colorful papier-mâché character from a tree, blindfold a kid, hand them a stick and tell them to swing.
OK, it’s not that dire, but just about — and that’s a big deal, since approximately half of all cancer patients receive radiation therapy, a cancer treatment that uses high-powered beams of energy to kill cancer cells. One in six deaths worldwide is a result of cancer, making it the second leading cause of death, only surpassed by cardiovascular disease. With stats like that, getting the treatment right is a big deal.