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New Mexico Doctors Now Treating Brain and Prostate Cancer With RapidArc Radiotherapy Technology
Date:3/16/2009

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gary Troutman, a 51-year old man with a tumor in his brain, was the first New Mexico resident to receive a RapidArc(TM) stereotactic radiotherapy treatment earlier this month at the New Mexico Cancer Center in Albuquerque. The stereotactic radiotherapy treatment utilizing RapidArc technology, developed by Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR), enabled doctors to target Troutman's tumor faster and more accurately than was possible with earlier treatment technologies.

To treat a metastatic brain tumor believed to have spread from an earlier bout with lung cancer, Troutman received five stereotactic radiotherapy treatments over a two week period, the last three of which were delivered using RapidArc. "With RapidArc, we were able to cut his treatments from 50 minutes to ten minutes," said Bryan Goss, MD, radiation oncologist. "That's 40 minutes he did not have to spend immobilized in the treatment room."

Troutman said, "You never know what the future holds, but I feel really fortunate to be here after two bouts with cancer."

The New Mexico Cancer Center has also used RapidArc radiotherapy to treat prostate cancer. John Sadler, 60, was the first patient at the center to receive RapidArc treatment for prostate cancer. His was a course of image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), delivered five days a week for eight weeks. He was midway through his course of treatment when the doctors at the New Mexico Cancer Center started using RapidArc.

"When the doctors switched over to RapidArc, I was grateful because the treatments went by so fast," said Sadler, a veteran of the Gulf and Vietnam Wars. "Before then, my treatments were taking 20 minutes, and I was finding that very stressful. But when the process dropped to 90 seconds per treatment, I hardly had any time to
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