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Leading Varian-Equipped Proton Therapy Center Treats 100th Patient
Date:3/11/2010

MUNICH, March 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Clinicians at the Rinecker Proton Therapy Center (RPTC) in Munich have treated their 100th patient using advanced proton therapy systems supplied by Varian Medical Systems ( VAR). The landmark treatment comes just three months after a second treatment gantry was commissioned at the center, which offers advanced pencil-beam proton scanning to cancer patients.

These patients, requiring treatment for a wide range of cancers, have come from across Germany and 19 other countries, including Canada, Argentina, the UK and Switzerland. Among the first 100 patients have been several children, as proton therapy's ability to limit exposure to healthy tissue is particularly valuable in pediatric treatments.

A typical pediatric treatment involved a seven-year-old girl suffering from a malignant blastoma in the upper neck area. "The tumor was too large for surgery and had continued growing during chemotherapy, so proton therapy seemed the best treatment option," says Professor Manfred Herbst, medical director at RPTC. "She has tolerated the therapy extremely well – the tumor was obstructing her nose but her breathing has improved as the tumor has shrunk, and she had no difficulty in swallowing. Also, due to the unique properties of proton scanni
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