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Axis 3 : « Multimodality targeting in oncology, CIMULCAN Programme »

The “Anatomical and Functional Targeting” network, funded by INCa in 2005 to the tune of 1 million Euros over two years, focused on the contribution of functional positron emission tomography (PET) imaging in the biological targeting of head and neck cancer and lung cancer via intensity modulated radiotherapy. The project was coordinated by Vincent Grégoire (Université de Louvain, Brussels) and brought together teams from all CNO sites (Caen, Rouen, Amiens, Lille and Brussels). It provided an opportunity to examine the role of 3D imaging in oncology practice (medical, surgical and radiotherapy). In its 2007-2010 programme, the axis teams proposed to develop 2 central topics : anatomical and functional targeting, continuing in the line of the network's research, and technological targeting including the development of robot-aided treatment in radiotherapy then in surge

2011 - 2014

Following on from the progress made by the Axis 3 teams since 2005, the teams decided to focus their research topics on the area of how to deal with tumours in motion, the idea being to develop new methods for tracking a moving target. The initial results from the “respiratory gating in functional imaging” methods illustrated the importance of adapting these methods for lung and liver tumours.
The theme of the axis' flagship project for 2011-2014 will therefore be the application of these new methods using the new tracers (hypoxia tracers, proliferation tracers...) currently available.

  • Flagship programme: “Moving targets in high-precision photon radiotherapy” – MOVE