On the effect of gadolinium in neutron capture therapy

Z. B. Alfassi, G. Shani, B. H. Laster

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The possibility of (n,γ) reaction for cancer therapy is discussed in connection with gadolinium due to its exceptionally high cross section. It is argued that the therapeutic effect is not only due to Auger electrons but also to the recoil of the Gd atom. If the Gd atom is bound to the DNA it will cause several raptures in the same DNA molecule leading to death of the cancerous cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)687
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 27 May 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pollution
  • Spectroscopy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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