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Major Medical Center in India is Country's First to Offer Fast Arc-based Radiation Therapy Technique for Patients With Cancer
Date:10/25/2010

ma/brain-stem-glioma.html">brain stem glioma involving the pons. The tumor was situated within the critical pathway of nerve signal transmission between the brain and spinal cord, a site that also serves as the center for important neural functions. "Planning with VMAT gave us the confidence that the high dose target volume will conform to the brain stem without compromising the nearby vital cranial nerves, spinal cord or pharyngeal pathways," she says. "The patient had to wear a mesh facial mask to immobilize his head during treatment, but since the VMAT beam delivery took less than five minutes to deliver for each of his five sessions, the patient was able to tolerate the treatment well without moving."

According to Dr. Kataria, the use of Elekta VMAT has reduced the radiation delivery time from approximately 22 minutes to 2-3 minutes. Dr. Kataria anticipates that using Elekta VMAT in simpler cases also will help reduce beam delivery times even further—down to 80 to 90 seconds in some instances.

Since early September, when Medanta Cancer Institute initiated its Elekta VMAT service, clinicians have started therapy for an additional five patients, treating brain and neck lesions (glioma, metastases, oligodendroglioma, pyriform sinus*), in addition to an endometrial tumor.

Medanta performs its Elekta VMAT treatments on an Elekta Infinity system, the first installation of this advanced linear accelerator in India. The medical center will establish a frameless Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) service, also the country's first, which will enable treatment of lung or liver tumors in less than 20 minutes.

"Today, there are just a few hundred advanced cancer treatment machines to serve a population of 1.1 billion people," Dr. Kataria notes. "But Medant
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