Fight against cancer
Cancer survival rates are increasing year after year thanks to new and better therapies, but the same cannot be said about quality of life. Patients still have to cope with adverse effects caused by their illness or treatment years after their therapy. Hence the great need for personalised and especially less invasive cancer therapies. SCK CEN uses its versatile expertise to meet this need.
Health effects at low doses
Every year, each Belgian is, on average, exposed to a dose of 4 millisieverts. Almost half of it comes from medical applications, where ionising radiation is used to make diagnoses. The medical sector keeps the doses as low as possible, but do these low doses still have an effect on healthy tissue? What effect do these low doses produce in the short and long term? SCK CEN unravels the underlying mechanisms to better understand the effects on health.
Certain work processes, including production of electricity through nuclear energy, nuclear medicine, medical imaging and radiotherapy, make use of ionising radiation or radioactivity. Increased exposure allows for a higher risk of health damage. SCK CEN measures, analyses and controls the doses that both workers and the environment receive.
A village on the moon. A colony on Mars. Ambitious plans are circulating, but prolonged weightlessness, cosmic radiation and a lack of food supply make the plans impossible for the time being. With its space research, SCK CEN is working on solutions to the challenges that stand in the way of further space exploration.