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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

t have to just hope that the bladder, bowel, or rectum would be avoided. I could use the imaging system to confirm that the targeted area was well covered and that these sensitive structures were not in the path of the treatment beam."

Treating Lung Cancer

Clinicians at Henry Ford are also using the Novalis Tx to treat lung cancer, which is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. "Early stage lung cancer is often quite curable with surgery," said Dr. Movsas. "The problem is that many lung cancer patients are not candidates for surgery because of other medical problems. In the past, we would have offered these patients conventional radiation, performed daily over seven weeks, but we were only achieving about a 40-50 percent tumor control rate. Using Novalis Tx, we can offer stereotactic body radiotherapy, targeting the tumor with high radiation doses in four focused treatments. The local control rates for this type of treatment are approximately 90 percent. In fact, there are studies being done now, looking into whether SBRT might even compare favorably to surgery for selected lung cancer patients with operable tumors."

About the Novalis Tx Platform

The Novalis Tx platform from Varian Medical Systems and BrainLAB incorporates advanced imaging and treatment tools from both companies. It includes a powerful linear accelerator, which rotates around the patient to target tumors from virtually any angle. A set of sophisticated image guidance and motion management tools provide clinicians with detailed information about the shape, size, and position of a targeted tumor and compensate for tumor motion that occurs during treatment. The Novalis Tx also includes a high-definition beam-shaping device that dynamically shapes and reshapes the treatment beam during a treatment so that it matches the shape of the tumor from every angle of approach.

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