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Department of Radiation Oncology, Hospital del Mar, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Tarragona, Spain
Ongoing Trials of Low Dose Radiation Therapy for Covid-19 Pneumonia: Studying the Past to Define the Future?
Author(s): Angel Montero*, Manel Algara and Meritxell Arenas
The current COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the infection by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, is a disease with great contagiousness, a non-negligible morbidity rate and a very important consumption of health resources, which is leading to a blockade of practically the entire world health system. The main complication is pneumonia, which has an important inflammatory component and for which there is still no definitive treatment. The absence of a standardized treatment coupled with the possible failure in the supply of drugs due to the great existing demand makes it necessary to investigate new anti-inflammatory therapeutics. The anti-inflammatory efficacy of Low-Dose Radio Therapy (LD-RT) has been confirmed in several experimental models, both in vitro and in vivo, as well as in different clinical studies. The radiobiological mechanisms that confirm this claim are becoming inc.. View More»