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Advances in Radiotherapy Detailed at Cancer Summit Organized by Varian Medical Systems
Date:10/20/2011

BERLIN, Oct. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cancer experts from around the world gathered in Berlin today to hear of advances in radiotherapy that are bringing additional treatment possibilities for cancer patients. More than 450 oncologists, physicists and radiotherapy practitioners are at the two-day Berlin Oncology Summit, organized by Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR), to share experiences and highlight the expanding use of radiotherapy and radiosurgery to treat an increasingly wide range of cancers.

Key sessions at the event look at ten years' worth of data since the first IMRT (intensity modulated radiotherapy) treatments in Europe, as well as advanced clinical applications using higher dose delivery systems such as Varian's TrueBeam™ linear accelerator and the growing practise of hypo-fractionated stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) or stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) treatments for prostate cancer.

SBRT, a form of radiosurgery which differs from traditional radiotherapy in that higher doses are given over a shorter number of treatments, is an emerging treatment for prostate cancer and a viable alternative, in some cases, to more invasive surgical procedures that require hospitals stays and long recovery periods.  Possible advantages of SBRT include fewer side effects and greater patient convenience.(i)

Professor Volker Budach, head of the Clinic for Radio-oncology and Radiotherapy at the Campus Virchow-Klinikum and Campus Charite Mitte of the famous Charite Universitatsmedizin Berlin, who is delivering the keynote address at the oncology summit, says, "We continue to see great strides in radiotherapy technology and treatment delivering techniques that improve precision, bring down treatment times and make radiotherapy a feasible treatment for many more tumor sites. Events such as this summit enable oncologists from around the world to r
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