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

eveal outcomes and share best practices."

Among the highlights at the event is a presentation by Dr. Simona Castiglioni of the Humanitas Clinic in Milan, Italy, describing pioneering work using the TrueBeam system to deliver SBRT for metastatic liver lesions and non-metastatic pancreatic cancer, as well as the use of RapidArc® image-guided IMRT for total marrow irradiation.  

Other key presentations describe using RapidArc to treat primary liver cancer from Dr. Po-Ming Wang at the Cheng-Ching General Hospital in Taiwan, and the use of SBRT with RapidArc for spinal tumors from Dr. Wilko Verbakel at VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  

The Oncology Summit also features presentations on 'A Vision for Radiosurgery' by Prof. Dr. John Adler, Varian's Chief of New Clinical Applications; 'Varian's Long Term Vision' by Chief Executive Officer Tim Guertin; and a welcome address by Dow Wilson, Varian's Chief Operating Officer.

Rolf Staehelin, international head of marketing operations for Varian's Oncology Systems group, said, "This is the twelfth time we have held a gathering such as this and this is the best attended yet. There has been tremendous interest shown by the oncology community.

"Many of the major advances in radiotherapy and radiosurgery described at this event are in routine clinical use on a daily basis for the benefit of cancer patients worldwide," he says. "What's particularly noticeable is the growing use of SBRT to treat cancers that would previously have only been treatable using surgery. These new techniques are offering patients an efficient, non-invasive out-patient alternative to invasive surgical approaches which entail anaesthetic and long recovery periods in hospitals."

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

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