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Significant Rise in Survival Rates for Elderly Lung Cancer Patients Treated Using Radiosurgery in Netherlands Detailed at World Conference for Lung Cancer
Date:7/6/2011

ng cancer," says Prof. Suresh Senan, professor of clinical experimental radiotherapy at VU. "Conventional radiotherapy, with its 30 to 35 daily treatments, is often not a viable option for many frail patients who may not be in any condition to travel but SBRT, involving far fewer treatment sessions, is now the preferred option." In the Netherlands, SBRT is now carried out at 11 of the 21 treatment centers offering radiotherapy.

VU University Medical Center treats over 2500 new cancer patients each year, of which about 120 are early stage non-small cell lung cancer patients. To date, more than 750 such patients have been treated using SBRT at the hospital, which was the only center in the Netherlands offering the treatment until 2006. VU University Medical Center has since helped a number of other centers to set up their stereotactic radiotherapy program and, despite this, the number of cases treated at VU has remained steady. "This indicates that there is a rise in the use of SBRT for lung cancer in general," says Prof. Senan.

Other WCLC presentations in radiation medicine based treatments

VU University Medical Center delivered 13 oral presentations at the World Conference for Lung Cancer meeting on the use of radiation medicine to treat lung cancer, more than any other center at this meeting on that subject. Among these was one(2) presented by Dr. Wilko Verbakel, medical physicist, who outlined the hospital's experience of treating more than 1400 patients with Varian's RapidArc® volumetric arc therapy treatment system, including 500 patients who were treated with RapidArc SBRT. "Radiation delivery time for a dose of 18 Gray takes less than six minutes on average and a dose of 7.5 Gray is delivered in less than three minutes," explained Verbakel. Fast dose delivery reduces the extent of patient motion during treatment and enables clinics to conform doses more closely to the size and shape of the tumors, according to Verbakel
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