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New Brachytherapy Applicator for Endometrial Cancer Patients Introduced at ABS 2011 by Varian Medical Systems
Date:4/14/2011

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) is introducing a new brachytherapy applicator for treating endometrial cancer patients after a hysterectomy. The Capri™ applicator, aimed at increasing patient comfort and allowing clinicians to better sculpt the radiotherapy dose, is being exhibited this week at the annual American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) meeting in San Diego. The applicator can also be used for treatment of vaginal and rectal cancers.

Designed with the intention of improving patient comfort, it is a lightweight balloon applicator that is inflated upon insertion to adapt to each patient's anatomy and hold it in place during treatment.  Prior to the Capri applicator's development, the principle brachytherapy option for endometrial cancer patients involved inserting rigid cylinders which may require the fixation of the applicator to the treatment table. The Capri applicator is also compatible with CT imaging, which enables doctors to use it with 3-D imaging to plan their treatments and determine exactly where they want to deposit the dose. 

"We believe this applicator is a breakthrough for gynaecological treatments and will make a huge difference in treating post-hysterectomy endometrial cancer patients," says Ted Jackson, PhD., Varian BrachyTherapy's director of product development and engineering. "Our design is aimed at enhancing patient comfort and improving ease of use and we believe it has the potential to reduce the radiation dose to surrounding healthy tissues."

The Capri applicator has FDA clearance for gynaecological and rectal treatments in the US and is awaiting CE approval for sale in Europe.

Dr Rakesh Patel, the medical director of the Targeted Radiation Institute at Western Radiation Oncology (WRO) in Mountain View, CA. said the Capri applicator supports 3-D treatment pl
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