Alpha Tau Medical can begin U.S. clinical trials of its cancer-zapping device, thanks to a new permit from the Massachusetts Radiation Control Program.
The state agency granted a Sealed Source and Device (SSD) approval to the Tel Aviv company’s Alpha DaRT (Dіffusіng Alpha-emіtters Radіatіon Therapy), which enables alpha-radiation-based cancer treatment for various types of solid tumors.
Alpha DaRT delivers high-precision alpha radiation that is released when radioactive substances decay inside the tumor, according to the company. The short-range alpha particles effectively kill the cancer cells while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue. Preliminary clinical results showed that Alpha DaRT is safe and effective for treating squamous cell carcinoma tumors, with all patients’ tumor sizes reducing and more than 70% of patients’ tumors completely disappearing within few days after treatment, the company said.