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M. D. Anderson Cancer Center to Lead Study of Surgery vs. CyberKnife(R) Radiosurgery for Operable Lung Cancer Patients
Date:10/26/2007

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Accuray Incorporated (Nasdaq: ARAY), a global leader in the field of radiosurgery, announced today that the company is partnering with The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas to launch a prospective clinical study to compare treatment outcomes in early-stage operable lung cancer. Patients in the study will be randomly assigned to traditional surgery or CyberKnife(R) Robotic Radiosurgery for their treatment.

In the past several years evidence has grown showing excellent outcomes in the treatment of lung tumors with high-dose radiation delivered in three or four treatments. Study results on operable patients treated by these short courses have demonstrated survival rates and local control rates similar to those of traditional surgery. As the medical community moves toward adoption of more minimally invasive alternatives to treatment, data that compare outcomes of surgery to less invasive treatment options, such as radiosurgery, become extremely important.

"We feel the time is right to explore less invasive alternatives for early stage lung cancer patients," said Jack Roth, M.D., professor and Bud Johnson Clinical Distinguished Chair, Department of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery at M. D. Anderson and the study's principal investigator. "The results achieved with radiosurgery appear to be comparable to those achieved with traditional surgery for early stage lung cancer patients and a randomized clinical trial is required to accurately compare results from the two. To do so, we must use a uniform platform to assure the highest possibility of cure for these patients, which is why we are partnering with Accuray to use the Cyber
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