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

eatments such as those enabled by using RapidArc technology allow for greater precision, since there is less chance of patient or tumor movement during treatment delivery and, with less time on the treatment couch, also allow for greater patient comfort. Conventional intensity modulated treatments are slower and more difficult for radiotherapy radiographers because they target tumors using a complex sequence of fixed beams from multiple angles.

"We are delighted to be working closely with Docrates Clinic to bring fast and precise RapidArc radiotherapy technology to Finnish cancer patients for the first time," said Sten Hornsleth, Varian's Scandinavian country manager. "The speed and efficiency of RapidArc means more patients can gain access to advanced image-guided IMRT treatments while having to spend less time on the treatment couch."

Docrates Clinic, a comprehensive cancer clinic which opened in October 2007, is the only private radiotherapy center in the Nordic region. It treats around 900 cancer patients per year in an outpatient clinic setting. Over 26,000 Finns were diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and this is expected to increase to over 30,000 by 2015, translating to an increase of nearly 20%.

Editorial contacts: Neil Madle, Varian Medical Systems, +44 7786 526068 and Marja Konttinen, Docrates Clinic, + 358 50 500 1838

About Varian Medical Systems

Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, is the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy, and brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices. Varian is a premier supplier of tubes and digital detectors for X-ray imaging in medical, scientific, and industrial applications and also supplies X-ray imaging products for cargo
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