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Doctors at Henry Ford Health System Treat Ovarian, Prostate, Lung, and Other Forms of Cancer Using Novalis Tx(TM) Platform for Image-Guided Radiosurgery
Date:4/1/2009

way from the tumor. The stereotactic boost involved treating just the tumor with a much higher dose of radiation in five separate treatment sessions. We can deliver both types of radiation using the Novalis Tx platform."

"In my opinion, Novalis Tx is capable of quickly delivering a wide spectrum of image-guided treatments, from intensity-modulated radiotherapy to stereotactic radiosurgery," said Benjamin Movsas, MD, chairman of the Radiation Oncology Department at Henry Ford Hospital, the flagship hospital at the Henry Ford Health System. Samuel Ryu, MD, director of radiosurgery at Henry Ford, adds, "The speed and versatility of these integrated technologies enable us to provide our patients with the most advanced forms of treatment available using a cost effective strategy."

Treating Prostate Cancer

Dr. Levin used a similar protocol to help Fred Coleman, a man in his seventies battling prostate cancer that had recurred. Coleman's prostate had been surgically removed many years earlier when, in mid-2008, a large mass was found in his right pelvis. A biopsy confirmed a recurrent prostate cancer. He received hormonal therapy prior to being referred to Dr. Levin, but his PSA increased again, within three months.

"That's a sign of an aggressive cancer," Dr. Levin said. "It had to be treated. But this type of surgery is a tough proposition for anyone, let alone a man in his seventies; there's a lot that can go wrong. We decided to treat it non-invasively, using Novalis Tx."

Using the image guidance tools that are part of the Novalis Tx platform, clinicians generated 3-D images of the targeted tumor and surrounding tissues prior to every treatment. "The imaging tools make it possible for us to deliver these highly precise treatments with a great degree of confidence that we're treating the tumor and sparing surrounding tissues and organs," Dr. Levin said. "In this case, I didn'
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