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Prostate Cancer Patients Benefit from New Zealand Center's Adoption of Elekta VMAT Radiotherapy Technique
Date:8/2/2010

an ideal solution for ARO's prostate cancer patients, who represent nearly one-third (approximately 20 patients) of the center's daily treatment volume of 70 to 80 patients. Since June 7, when the first patient began receiving Elekta VMAT therapy on ARO's Elekta Synergy® treatment system, eight additional patients have begun treatment courses and another two are awaiting therapy.

"Elekta VMAT is now our technique of choice for patients with prostate cancer," says Dr. Simpson, who leads a team that compared the arc therapy technique with its advanced image guided Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) method. ARO physicists subjected Elekta VMAT to extensive quality assurance testing to ensure both delivery and plan quality were comparable to IMRT.

"It had to meet all the criteria we set for it," he says. "We were very pleased with the way SmartArc planning calculates Elekta VMAT and the way Elekta VMAT delivers the therapy. Intrafraction motion, dose conformance, treatment efficiency and patient comfort are all addressed—and in a few weeks we will attempt to increase prostate therapy volume by reducing the length of the treatment slot."

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