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Prostate Cancer Patient First in Spain to Receive Fast and Precise RapidArc(R) Radiotherapy Treatment from Varian
Date:6/1/2010

BARCELONA, Spain, June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Clinicians at Institut Catala d'Oncologia (ICO) in Barcelona have carried out the first treatment in Spain using RapidArc® radiotherapy from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR). A 73-year-old prostate cancer patient from Barcelona has become the first patient in the country to receive the fast and efficient treatment.

"The treatment went very well and the patient really noticed the time difference compared with previous treatments," said Dr. Ferran Guedea, head of the radiation oncology department. "It's very important to deliver the dose as quickly as possible, which makes it a better experience for the patient. Fast dose delivery is especially important in organs such as the prostate that are prone to move during treatment."

"We are extremely pleased to be able to offer the latest in radiotherapy to our patients," adds Dr. Guedea. "We believe RapidArc is an enormous leap forward in precise radiotherapy treatments, enabling us to offer a precise and personalized treatment in shorter time." He said early RapidArc treatments would focus on patients with prostate, head & neck and brain tumors, as well as any patients with tumors located close to sensitive organs.

RapidArc delivers a volumetric intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatment in a single or multiple arcs of the treatment machine around the patient and makes it possible to deliver advanced image-guided IMRT two to eight times faster than is possible with conventional IMRT. Since its introduction, Varian has installed more than 410 RapidArc systems in cancer centers globally.  

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