Navigation Links
Swiss Breast Cancer Patient Becomes First in World to Receive Treatment Using Gated RapidArc from Varian Medical Systems
Date:8/31/2010

Swiss Breast Cancer Patient Becomes First in World to Receive Treatment Using Gated... -- BELLINZONA, Switzerland, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ --


Advanced Search Search

  
Close
  1. Send a release
  2. Member sign in
  3. Become a member
  4. For journalists
  5. Global sites
PR Newswire: news distribution, targeting and monitoring
  1. Products & Services
  2. Knowledge Center
  3. Browse News Releases
  4. Contact PR Newswire
Health Care & Hospitals, Medical Equipment, Medical Pharmaceuticals Click to view news release full screen  

Swiss Breast Cancer Patient Becomes First in World to Receive Treatment Using Gated RapidArc from Varian Medical Systems

 

BELLINZONA, Switzerland, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- A 51-year-old breast cancer patient from Switzerland has become the first person in the world to be treated using Gated RapidArc®, which makes it possible to monitor patient breathing and compensate for tumor motion while quickly delivering radiotherapy during a continuous rotation around the patient. 

This development from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) enables the use of RapidArc radiotherapy technology in combination with respiratory gating – a process of turning the beam on and off in synchrony with the patient's breathing.  This technique increases the precision of treatment delivery by compensating for tumor motion.

The treatment took place at the Istituto Oncologico della Svizzera Italiana (IOSI) radiation oncology unit in Bellinzona, a public comprehensive cancer center serving 330,000 inhabitants in southern Switzerland, and part of Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale at San Giovanni Hospital.

Dr. Giorgia Nicolini, medical physicist at IOSI, said, "This is a very fast and straightforward procedure for the patient, who doesn't speak the local language, Italian, but in any case has found it very easy to follow instructions for gating. She has been fully co-operative and the part of the treatment time taken up by breathing management is decreasing after the first sessions. She also appreciates having to spend less time on the treatment couch."

The hospital has used breath-hold gating as part of the treatment procedure for all left breast cancer patients since 2005 to better spare the heart and lung from exposure during radiotherapy treatment. Prior to Gated RapidArc, conventional seven-field gated IMRT treatments would have taken 15 minutes to deliver. Using two-arc Gated RapidArc, the treatment is concluded in around four minutes.

Dr. Nicolini said clinicians at IOSI compared RapidArc and IMRT treatment plans for the patient and decided RapidArc offered the better opportunity to spare nearby organs from exposure and target the tumor.  

"The use of two partial arcs enables us to shape a better dose distribution and do a better job of sparing the opposite breast," said Antonella Richetti, M.D., head of the IOSI Radiation Oncology Department.  In addition, RapidArc enabled the dose to be delivered using fewer than half the dose monitor units needed for an equivalent conventional seven-field IMRT treatment.

"We are now using Gated RapidArc to treat all left-sided breast cancer patients when there is a need to include the supraclavicolar and/or internal mammary chain lymph nodes, or when chest wall anatomy will affect the dose to organs we want to protect," said Dr. Nicolini. "We are also planning to use the technique for lung and other thoracic and abdominal tumors when suitable."

Gated RapidArc is a standard feature on the new TrueBeam™ system and is available as an option or upgrade on the Trilogy® and Clinac® iX accelerators from Varian.

Varian's RapidArc capability is now installed in more than 500 clinics around the world and the company has recorded more than 1,000 orders for the product since introducing it in 2008.  Gated RapidArc, which was introduced earlier this year, is the next generation version of this clinical tool.  As a result of being able to deliver IMRT treatments much more quickly than conventional fixed beam IMRT, RapidArc has the potential to enhance treatment precision and patient comfort while significantly lowering the cost per treatment.  

According to breast cancer charities, one in ten of all new cancers diagnosed worldwide each year is breast cancer. It is the most common cancer in women in both developing and developed areas and is the principal cause of death from cancer among women. The World Health organization says nearly 1.4 million women worldwide were diagnosed with the disease in 2008.

Editorial contact: Neil Madle, Varian Medical Systems, +44 7786 526068

About Varian Medical Systems Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, is the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy, and brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices. Varian is a premier supplier of tubes and digital detectors for X-ray imaging in medical, scientific, and industrial applications and also supplies X-ray imaging products for cargo screening and industrial inspection. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 5,200 people who are located at manufacturing sites in North America, Europe, and China and approximately 70 sales and support offices around the world. For more information, visit http://www.varian.com.
'/>"/>

SOURCE Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Swissray International Announces New Ownership
2. Swissmedic Grants Debiopharm Marketing Authorisation for Moapar(R), a New Therapeutic Avenue for the Treatment of Sexual Deviations
3. Swissmedic Grants Debiopharm Marketing Authorisation for Moapar(R), a New Therapeutic Avenue for the Treatment of Sexual Deviations
4. Elbit Imaging Ltd. Announces - Swiss Team Uses InSightecs ExAblate(R) 4000 Brain System to Treat Patients With Functional Brain Disorders
5. First Swiss Patients Treated with the Percutaneous MitraClip(R) System
6. Abviva Announces Notice of Canadian Patent for Technology Used in Breast Cancer Diagnostics and Therapeutics
7. Partnership Brings Breast Image Documentation Technology to Women Around the World
8. Ethicon Endo-Surgery Completes Divestiture of Breast Care Business to Devicor Medical Products
9. Dune Medical Devices Announces Positive Interim Results From EU MarginProbe™ Study Presented at German Breast Cancer Society Meeting
10. Invision Sally Jobe Introduces New Breast Cancer Screening Technology to Denver
11. Breast Cancer Patient First in Latin America to Receive Treatment Using Elekta VMAT Planned with Monaco Software
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016 Research and Markets has announced ... report to their offering. ... a favourable commercial environment for MedImmune to enter. The US ... will serve to drive considerable growth for effective anti-influenza medications. ... cap sales considerably, but development is still in its infancy. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016  Astellas today announced the establishment of Astellas Farma Colombia (AFC), a new affiliate with operations headquartered ... Latin America . ... ... ... ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced the ... (United States, China, Japan, Brazil, United Kingdom, Germany, France, ... Surgical Procedure Volumes: ... provides surgical procedure volume data in a geographic context. ... analysis of growth drivers and inhibitors, including world population ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... "FCPX editors can now reveal ... Final Cut Pro X," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. ... Cut Pro X users can now reveal the media of their split screens ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... NY (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... using cutting edge technology to revolutionize the emergency ambulance transport experience for the ... are aware of how Uber has disrupted the taxi industry through the use ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... On June 10-11, 2016, A Forever Recovery, ... Festival and World’s Longest Breakfast Table in Battle Creek, MI, where the rehabilitation facility ... home to some of the world’s leading providers of cereal and other breakfast foods. ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... ... Brent Kasmer, a legally blind and certified personal trainer is helping to develop a weight ... app plans to fix the two major problems leading the fitness industry today:, ... program , They don’t eliminate all the reasons people quit their exercise program ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... Austin residents ... the American College of Mohs Surgery and to Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and ... highly effective treatment for skin cancer. The selective fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):