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Cancer Patients in Finland Gain Access to Advanced RapidArc Radiotherapy Treatments
Date:12/14/2009

HELSINKI, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cancer patients in Finland have gained access to more advanced treatments with the introduction of RapidArc® radiotherapy technology from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) at the only private radiotherapy clinic in the Nordic region. Clinicians at Docrates Clinic in Helsinki are using this fast and precise form of radiotherapy to treat patients with multiple brain metastases and cancers of the abdomen and prostate.

RapidArc, which enables clinicians to deliver a highly-precise image-guided intensity-modulated radiotherapy treatment in as little as one or two revolutions of the treatment machine around the patient, has been delivered using two Varian Clinac iX medical linear accelerators since the summer at Docrates Clinic.

"We have treated thirty prostate patients with RapidArc to date and it has achieved excellent dose coverage with low dose to nearby critical organs and healthy tissue," says Timo Kiljunen, medical physicist. "RapidArc is used routinely where pelvic lymph nodes are treated simultaneously with lower daily dose than the prostate and we also use it for metastatic and primary cancers in the abdominal region, such as liver and pancreatic cancers."

Chief oncologist Mauri Kouri, adds, "RapidArc has been very helpful in treating multiple brain metastases. In one case, four separate brain metastases were treated with two arcs and total irradiated high dose volume was estimated to be a third of that with conventional dynamic arc treatments." Dr. Kouri said RapidArc has enabled his team to introduce a new treatment model for head and multiple brain tumor treatments, sparing the hippocampus areas in prophylactic radiotherapy. "Sparing the hippocampus has been proven to reduce the effects on the patient's memory," said Dr. Kouri.

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