In France, each year nearly 200,000 cancer patients are treated with radiation. This modality, nonsurgical, is widely used in oncology since two thirds of people treated for cancer have radiotherapy, usually in combination with other treatments. Recent decades have seen the irradiation techniques evolve with the development of physics, robotics and computing. The use of new sources of energy particles and modulated beams of photons or ions represents a new generation of high-precision external radiotherapy. The POPRA program (Optical Radiation Physics program Aquitaine) supported by the Aquitaine Regional Council and the European FEDER funds follows the IOPRA interface (Interface Optical Physics and radiotherapy in Aquitaine), deployed from 2011 to 2013. The main purpose is to create linkages and cross-cutting actions between clinical activities and radiation, but also between fundamental physics laboratories, mathematics and biology. The opening of the transfer activities is also an issue of this multidisciplinary program.
POPRATheproject hasthree commonobjectives toensure synergyin the fieldof oncology/canceraround: