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Decatur Memorial Hospital Becomes First in Illinois to Treat Cancer Patients With RapidArc(TM) Radiotherapy Technology
Date:6/17/2008

Sophisticated prostate cancer treatment delivered in less than 90 seconds

using new technology from Varian Medical Systems

DECATUR, Ill., June 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Decatur Memorial Hospital became the first medical center in Illinois, and the third in the United States, to treat a cancer patient using RapidArc(TM) radiotherapy technology from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR). John Hosler, an 85-year-old prostate cancer patient, received his treatment in just under 90 seconds -- a treatment that would have taken 15-20 minutes using earlier treatment methods.

"I was impressed with how quickly the treatment was delivered," said Hosler, who performs a regimen of 100 push ups and 100 sits ups every day and was pleased to be one of the first patients in the world to receive a RapidArc treatment, "I like knowing that I am doing something to help others in the future," he said.

"The treatment went very well," said Mary Anne de Paz, MD, Hosler's radiation oncologist. "RapidArc gives us the ability to deliver a highly accurate treatment in a very short timeframe. This convenience is especially important when treating elderly patients, who often have trouble lying still for long periods of time."

"Prostate cancer treatments are typically delivered five days a week over a period of eight weeks, so a savings of 12 minutes or more each day really adds up for our patients," says John Ridley, director of radiation oncology at Decatur Memorial. "With RapidArc, the time they must spend immobilized in the treatment room is reduced by up to eight hours over an entire course of treatment."

RapidArc delivers advanced image-guided, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatments two to eight times
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