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Prostate Cancer Patients in US and Europe Receive Treatments Using Enhanced Seed Prostate Brachytherapy Software
Date:3/31/2009

rostate using needles that are guided into position by ultrasound and a template or grid through which the needles are inserted to control their spacing. From 50 to more than 100 individual seeds may be placed in a single session, using 10 to 20 needles. The seeds or radiation sources then deliver the dose slowly over the following month.

There are more than 1,200 hospital sites worldwide using approximately 1,700 Varian VariSeed software systems for guiding the placement of permanent prostate seed implants in what is called LDR brachytherapy. Use of this technique alone or in combination with external beam radiotherapy is increasing for patients, including about 60,000, or one third, of U.S. men who are diagnosed annually with prostate cancer.

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Editorial contact: Neil Madle, Varian Medical Systems, +44 7786 526068

About Varian Medical Systems

Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, is the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy, and brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices. Varian is a premier supplier of tubes and digital detectors for X-ray imaging in medical, scientific, and industrial applications and also supplies X-ray imaging products for cargo screening and industrial inspection. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 5,100 people who are located at manufacturing sites in North America and Europe and in its 79 sales and support offices around the world. For more information, visit http://www.varian.com/.


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