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Xoft Expands Cancer Treatment Platform With Launch of Skin Cancer Electronic Brachytherapy Trial at AAPM Meeting
Date:7/27/2009

ANAHEIM, Calif., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Xoft, Inc. today announced that it has expanded the treatment capabilities of the Axxent(R) Electronic Brachytherapy, eBx(TM), System with the launch of a multi-center skin cancer trial to further prove the safety and feasibility for the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers here at the 51st Annual American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Meeting. The Company also announced that the first skin cancer patients were recently treated using the FDA-cleared Axxent System, which has been available for the treatment of early stage breast cancer since 2005 and endometrial cancer since 2008.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States with more than 1 million cases diagnosed annually and results in more than 10,000 deaths each year, according to the National Cancer Institute. However, if diagnosed and treated early, most cases of skin cancer can be cured. While melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancers, it accounts for less than 10 percent of all cases. Non-melanoma skin cancers, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, represent the majority of all new cases.

"I am very excited to be the principal investigator for the first clinical study utilizing Xoft's Electronic Brachytherapy for surface treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers," said Ajay Bhatnagar, MD, of Cancer Treatment Services of Arizona. "Since skin cancers usually present on areas exposed to the sun frequently, such as the face, head and neck, we have to consider both the eradication of the cancer as well as cosmetic outcomes when determining the best treatment option for the patient.

"Radiation therapy has been a common modality for the treatment of non-melanomatous skin cancers especially for elderly patients with lesions in cosmetically sensitive areas. There is also a wide variability in the radiation tr
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