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Public Cancer Center Becomes First in South-East Asia to Introduce RapidArc Radiotherapy Treatments From Varian Medical Systems
Date:2/17/2009

HONG KONG, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Doctors in Hong Kong have carried out the first treatments in south-east Asia using a new, faster form of radiotherapy that extends more advanced care to more patients. A 74-year- old patient with localized prostate cancer became the region's first patient to receive treatment using RapidArc radiotherapy technology from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR).

Clinicians at the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital (PYNEH) in Hong Kong said they were delighted with the first treatment, which took just two to three minutes to deliver, much faster than conventional IMRT (intensity modulated radiotherapy) treatments. "IMRT treatments are time-consuming because tumors are targeted by a complex sequence of fixed radiation beams from multiple angles but the RapidArc treatment is dramatically faster," said Dr. T.K.Yau, consultant radiation oncologist.

"With this new technology, cancer patients in Hong Kong can receive a faster, more comfortable and more precise radiotherapy treatment," he added. "The RapidArc treatment can produce comparable or even better dose conformity compared with IMRT treatments but with shorter treatment times. It means that more of our patients can be treated with advanced IMRT-quality treatments."

Dr. Yau said the hospital now plans to expand the range of RapidArc treatments to include other pelvic tumors and head & neck cancers. PYNEH is one of six public cancer centers in Hong Kong.

RapidArc, which delivers a precise and efficient treatment in a single or multiple arcs of the treatment machine around the patient, was introduced early last year by Varian, the world leader in radiation therapy equipment and software. Since its launch, more than 70 hospitals worldwide have commenced clinical treatments and PYNEH is th
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