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Cancer Care of Western New York Becomes First Center in Western New York to Treat Cancer with RapidArc(TM) Radiotherapy Technology from Varian Medical Systems
Date:11/6/2008

s a great job of sparing his healthy lung tissue, so we can deliver the kind of higher dose that has a chance of eradicating the tumor, and we can do it in daily treatments that take less than two minutes to deliver. Conventional IMRT treatments would have taken 10-15 minutes per day."

Dr. Shah points out that faster treatments have the potential to improve accuracy further, because there is less chance of the patient moving during a shorter treatment. "With RapidArc, we are comfortable that our patients are receiving treatments that are at least equivalent and in some cases superior to conventional IMRT treatments, in terms of normal tissue sparing, even though the process is fast for our patients."

Clinical studies on radiotherapy have correlated the ability to spare more healthy tissue with reduced complications and better outcomes. Other studies suggest that faster treatments may lead to a higher cancer cell kill rate. The American Cancer Society estimates that, in 2008 there will be 1.4 million new cases of cancer in the United States, with over 97,000 of those occurring in New York State.

About Cancer Care of Western New York

Cancer Care of Western New York offers cancer patients the environment and expertise they need for an optimal chance of cure with minimal disruption to their lives. The highly specialized resources available at Cancer Care of Western New York can be found at only a small percentage of leading cancer centers across the country, and include board certified radiation oncologists, new facilities & technology, and compassionate support teams. We are proud to be the first treatment center in Western New York to offer RapidArc(TM) radiotherapy from Varian Medical Systems. Unlike a large institution, Cancer Care's singular focus allows the physicians and staff the time to get to know each patient, and to serve their individualized needs around the clock. The staff is specially trained to help patients with all types of
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