CNAO: Treating Cancer with Ions since 2011
The National Center for Oncological Hadrontherapy (CNAO) in Pavia, Italy, is a facility offering advanced therapy to fight cancer and one of only five centres in the world treating with both protons and carbon ions. During 2017, CNAO (Pavia, Italy) treated 46% more patients than the previous year, for a total of 1600 patients since the first treatment. Clinical results are remarkable, showing 70% to 80% local control of tumours, across all pathologies. A crucial milestone was reached in March, when hadron therapy was included in the list of treatments provided by the national health service.