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Fighting Prostate Cancer With Speed and Accuracy: RapidArc(R) Radiotherapy Available at the Delaware Valley Urology Cancer Treatment Center
Date:12/1/2009

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Former New Jersey Assemblyman Francis Bodine was surprised and delighted when his radiotherapy treatment sessions for prostate cancer went from about 20 minutes each day to less than five. Midway through his course of treatment, doctors at the Delaware Valley Urology Cancer Center acquired the region's first RapidArc® radiotherapy technology from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR), making it possible for them to deliver advanced intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) treatments two to eight times faster than was previously possible

At the time Bodine's treatments began, his doctor was using what was then the state-of-the-art for IMRT--an advanced form of treatment that shapes the beam to match the shape of the tumor and minimizes exposure of surrounding healthy tissues.

"I knew exactly how long my treatments were taking, because I was counting the seconds," Bodine says. "The machine rotated around me and stopped at seven different positions. The time it took to rotate and deliver the radiation from each angle was about 3 minutes and sometimes a few seconds more, so I had to hold still for quite a long time."

When he was switched to RapidArc radiotherapy, the actual treatment time once he was in position, went down to about 80 seconds, Bodine says. "The machine would rotate around my body without stopping at all. It was so quick, it took more time for me to get undressed and go into the room than it did for the actual treatments."

"RapidArc® technology enables us to deliver highly-precise IMRT treatment much faster than was previously possible with earlier technology," says Steven J. DiBiase, MD, chief
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