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Florida Clinicians Now Delivering Non-Invasive Image-Guided Treatments Using Novalis Tx(TM) Radiosurgery Technology
Date:9/17/2009

ans at the Baptist Cancer Institute are able to generate 3-D scans of the tumor and surrounding tissues prior to every treatment, to improve the accuracy of tumor targeting.

"The Novalis Tx radiosurgery platform is enabling us to offer sophisticated and precise radiosurgery services to more patients daily than any other system available," said Douglas Johnson, MD, a radiation oncologist at the Baptist Cancer Institute. "Treatments are fast and accurate, and, in terms of the cancers we can treat, it has really expanded the envelope--we can treat not only new cancers, but often those that have recurred in previously irradiated areas. Until now, there were not many options for these folks."

For example, Dr. Johnson added, a week of Novalis Tx radiosurgery can often provide such fast palliative relief for some cancer patients that medical oncologists are referring their patients for this type of treatment between rounds of chemotherapy. "In many of these cases, we've seen clinical improvements within a week. For some patients, pain relief has come within 24 hours," he said.

Clinicians at the Baptist Cancer Institute have been using the Novalis Tx platform to treat about 25 new stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy patients each month. Indeed, 88% of the treatments delivered thus far have been stereotactic guided treatments delivered in one to five treatment sessions. The remaining 12% of delivered treatments have been high precision conformal intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) for a variety of special situations.

"Novalis Tx radiosurgery treatments take from 15 minutes for a single brain lesion to 45 minutes for the simultaneous treatment of multiple brain metastases," said Dr. Johnson. "Lung treatments are taking 25-30 minutes with gating; less time without. These times are very fast for this type of treatment. Depending on the particular mix of patients--recognizing that some
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