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Pioneering Cancer Center Introduces Advanced Varian RapidArc(TM) Treatments for Cancer Patients in Central Germany
Date:1/26/2009

NORDHAUSEN, Germany, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Three prostate cancer patients have become the first people in Germany to be treated using a new, faster form of radiotherapy that potentially enables doctors to improve outcomes while extending more advanced care to more patients. Sudharz Krankenhaus in Nordhausen delivered the faster treatment using RapidArc(TM) radiotherapy technology from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR).

RapidArc delivers a precise and efficient treatment in a single or multiple arcs of the treatment machine around the patient and makes it possible to deliver advanced image-guided intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) two to eight times faster than is possible with conventional IMRT. At Sudharz Krankenhaus Nordhausen, doctors have been able to reduce the treatment time to just two and a half minutes compared with up to 30 minutes for complex IMRT treatments.

"It is very gratifying for me to begin treatments using the most modern moving arc method of radiotherapy," says Dr. Wolfgang Oehler, head of the radiotherapy department. "The three patients are excited to be the first in Germany to receive such treatments although the treatment was so quick that one patient questioned whether he had received the full dose. We assured him that he certainly had and he was pleased to only have to lie on the treatment table for a short time."

Dr. Oehler said RapidArc was a valuable weapon in the hospital's goal of bringing down waiting lists. "We knew we needed a brilliant new method of shortening treatment times and avoiding waiting lists while improving the quality of the treatment and it was not a hard decision to select RapidArc," he added.

Sudharz Krankenhaus treats up to 900 patients a year using two Varian Clinac(R) medical linear accelerators. The hospital pioneer
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