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The use of beams of heavy ions such as carbon, neon and argon for radiation therapy has the advantage that they have a very sharp Bragg maximum. When the Bragg peak coincide with the tumour location, it is possible to deposit the bulk of the energy of the ion in the region occupied by the malignancy. However, the concentration of ions and free radicals will be very high in the Bragg peak region which has not received the attention it deserves. So mutual recombination of these species will be very high. It is therefore necessary to assess the extent of these radical-radical recombinations at very high LET values. Spur diffusion model calculations have been made for high energy argon ions using water as a medium. For comparison, calculations have been done for proton tracks. It has been shown that in the Bragg peak region of argon ions even very high concentrations of scavengers have very little effect on radical-radical interactions. The implication is that when LET values are very high, practically all the radicals undegro recombination with each other. In order to explain the observed lethality of high LET radiation, it is suggested that the hydrogen peroxide formed also contribute to the killing of cells. In addition, the decomposition of H2O2 will contribute oxygen. This may be one of the reasons why high LET radiation shows strong lethality to hypoxic cells.

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