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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

y of the patient's liver through a catheter, which allows the treatment to be delivered directly to the tumor via blood vessels. The TheraSphere treatment can generally be administered on an outpatient basis and does not usually require an overnight hospital stay. TheraSphere, 100% reimbursed by Medicare and many commercial health insurers, is authorized in the U.S. as a Humanitarian Use Device for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma, also referred to as primary liver cancer, and is further authorized for patients who also have partial or branch portal vein thrombosis and who are identified as suitable candidates by their physicians. Humanitarian Use Device approvals are based on demonstrated safety and probable clinical benefit, however, effectiveness in the indication has not been established.

TheraSphere treatment has some common side effects, including mild to moderate fatigue, pain and nausea for about a week. Physicians describe these symptoms as similar to those of the common flu. Some patients will experience some loss of appetite and temporary changes in several blood tests. For details on rare or more severe side effects, please refer to the TheraSphere package insert at www.mdsnordion.com/TheraSphere.

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MDS Nordion, a business unit of MDS Inc., is a global leader in providing products and services for medical imaging and radiotherapeutics, and sterilization technologies for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. MDS Nordion's products and services are used on a daily basis by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, medical-device manufacturers, hospitals, clinics and research laboratories and benefit the lives of millions of people in more than 70 count
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