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Beijing Cancer Hospital Becomes First Hospital in Mainland China to Introduce Fast and Precise RapidArc Radiotherapy Cancer Treatments
Date:7/16/2009

deliver," adds Dr. Zhu. "With RapidArc we will be able to offer equivalent and even superior treatments in just two to three minutes. The high-performance On-Board Imager(R) is an excellent targeting tool and the reliability of Varian's linear accelerators brings us a great deal of confidence for a high up-time system."

Beijing Cancer Hospital's department of radiation oncology treats more than 2,000 new cancer patients each year from across China, as well as from neighboring countries such as Vietnam.

According to Dr. Zhu, RapidArc will be particularly helpful in helping to cut growing waiting lists at the hospital, with cancer rates rising significantly year-on-year. "There is a huge difference in the linear accelerator installed base between different areas of China. From a technology and expertise standpoint, large hospitals in China have advanced equipment and clinical expertise that is no different from that in more developed countries. We just have nowhere near enough capacity to meet our needs," he says. There are 12 machines per million people in the US and only 0.7 machines per million people in China.

"RapidArc will help this busy public cancer center to treat more patients with advanced radiotherapy techniques," says Tom Duffy, Varian's marketing director in China. "When implemented, RapidArc can enable hospitals to treat over 30 percent more patients on a linear accelerator each day."

Dr. Jinming Yu, chairman of the China Society for Therapeutic Radiation and Oncology (CSTRO), said, "RapidArc is the leading radiation therapy technique, especially for fast and precisely targeted treatments. I believe that this high-tech machine will provide excellent benefits for cancer patients in China."

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