Brachytherapy: Targeting the enemy from within

ST ILLUSTRATION: MIEL

Method delivers high doses of radiation to cancerous tumour via tubes inserted in it

In the blockbuster movie, Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi, a pilot bravely flies his spaceship into the centre of an enemy space station called the Death Star.

Once inside the Death Star, he blows up its core, sparking an explosion and destroying the gargantuan space station from within. He escapes in the nick of time.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 29, 2018, with the headline 'Brachytherapy: Targeting the enemy from within'. Print Edition | Subscribe