For many cancer patients, the treatment feels worse than the disease. Radiation and chemotherapy can have debilitating side effects and often destroy healthy tissue as well as tumors. Thus the strong allure of a potentially revolutionary cancer treatment under development by NanoLife, a startup based in Newport Beach, Calif.

NanoLife’s approach builds on the cutting-edge technology of using protons rather than X-rays to attack cancerous masses, but takes it many steps further. If NanoLife’s science pans out, it could transform what is now a five-week course of radiation therapy into a few afternoons’ work. 

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