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Estonian Cancer Patients Have Access to More Conformal Radiotherapy Treatments for First Time with Unveiling of Advanced Varian Treatment Machine
Date:1/15/2009

eck cancer patients. Intensity modulated radiotherapy enables clinicians to 'sculpt' the dose to the shape of the tumor and avoid more surrounding healthy tissue. For head and neck patients, it means more precise treatments and less potential harm to nearby salivary and parotid glands.

The new device was funded by the hospital with support from the International Atomic Energy Agency, which provided additional financing and helped to train staff in the use of the equipment, and the Environmental Investment Centre, which helped to decommission an older Cobalt-based treatment unit and refurbish the bunker for the new accelerator.

"We are delighted to be able to double both our own and the country's linear accelerator treatment capacity and introduce advanced radiotherapy techniques at the same time," adds Maire Kuddu. She said the hospital's future plans include equipping the new machine with an On-Board Imager(R) and introducing Varian's RapidArc(TM) capability for fast and precise image-guided IMRT.

"It is recognised that this is a major improvement in the country's cancer treatment capabilities but this is just a start," added Eduard Gerskevitch. "The number of treatment units is still very low compared with our needs and we will need to see further investment in radiotherapy in the future."

Editorial contact: Neil Madle, Varian Medical Systems, +44 7786 526068

About Varian Medical Systems

Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE: VAR), of Palo Alto, California, is the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy, and brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices.
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