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

think--it was over so quickly!"

"RapidArc really helped John get through his treatments easier," said Gregg Franklin, MD, radiation oncologist. "But there are other benefits to a speedier treatment. It can increase our accuracy because the chance of tumor motion is reduced when treatments are shorter."

Tumors can move during longer treatments, due to the natural movement of internal organs. For example, the prostate can shift by several millimeters as the bladder fills, which has the potential to compromise treatment accuracy. "In the case of prostate cancer, when a treatment takes only 90 seconds to deliver, we are better able to deliver the dose right where we want it and spare the surrounding healthy tissue," said Dr. Franklin.

RapidArc radiotherapy technology has now been used for the treatment of prostate, head and neck, lung, brain, spine, bone, gynecological, and soft tissue cancers. The American Cancer Society's most recent estimates show that, in 2008 there were 186,320 new cases of prostate cancer and 21,810 new cases of brain cancer in the United States.

About New Mexico Cancer Center

New Mexico Cancer Center (NMCC) is one of the largest physician-owned and operated cancer treatment centers in the Southwest, opened in 2002. NMCC is operated by New Mexico Oncology Hematology which is comprised of nine medical oncologists and four radiation oncologists who specialize in treating cancer and blood disorders. In addition to the main center in Albuquerque, NM, NMCC provides care in Gallup, Silver City, Rio Rancho, and Ruidoso. All physicians are board certified. Office hours are 8-5 Monday through Friday and most insurance is accepted. For more information on RapidArc, please call NMCC at (505) 842-8171 and ask for Bryan Goss, MD; Gregg Franklin, MD/PhD; or Joel Elconin, MD or visit our website at

SOURCE Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
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