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MDS Nordion's TheraSphere(R) for Unresectable Liver Cancer (HCC) Now Covered by Two Large U.S. Insurers
Date:2/5/2010

Health Insurance Companies Amend Policy on Radioembolization Coverage

OTTAWA, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - MDS Nordion, a global leader in providing products and services for medical imaging and radiotherapeutics, today announced that two of the largest health insurers in the United States have recently approved coverage of radioembolization to treat unresectable liver cancer, which includes the use of MDS Nordion's TheraSphere(R) treatment. The two insurance companies and their affiliates together serve more than one-quarter of Americans and do business in all 50 states.

These changes in policy mark the largest such favorable determinations for reimbursement coverage of radioembolization for liver cancer treatment by U.S. insurers. Medicare and many other commercial insurance carriers also reimburse TheraSphere when medically necessary.

"The decisions by these two large insurers underline the growing acceptance of the role that radioembolization, which includes the use of TheraSphere, plays in the treatment of certain types of liver cancer patients," said Steve West, MDS Inc. CEO.

Radioembolization refers to a process by which small beads or microspheres, containing the radioactive element yttrium-90, are delivered directly to the tumor using the tumor's own blood supply. TheraSphere is one form of radioembolization. Another name for this type of treatment is selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT).

"Radioembolization can offer options to patients who are not eligible for surgery," said Matthew Johnson, MD, Professor of Radiology and Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine, who offers TheraSphere treatment. "Patients and their families also appreciate that the procedure is performed on an outpatient basis with s
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