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Varian Medical Systems Equips International Oncology's First Comprehensive Cancer Center in India
Date:6/16/2010

NOIDA, India, June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The first in a planned series of new radiotherapy centers aimed at improving access to advanced treatments for millions of Indian cancer patients has been officially opened in Noida. Fortis International Oncology Centre, a joint initiative between International Oncology and Fortis Healthcare, is equipped with advanced radiotherapy equipment and software from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR).

Dignitaries at yesterday's official inauguration ceremony – including Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, the deputy chairman of the Planning Commission of India – were given a tour of the facility to see Varian's Trilogy® medical linear accelerator in action. Trilogy, capable of delivering a full range of advanced radiotherapy and radiosurgery techniques including RapidArc® radiotherapy, has been operational at Noida for four months.

The new center is among the first in India to offer RapidArc, which enables clinicians to deliver a highly-precise image-guided intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) treatment in as little as one or two revolutions of the treatment machine around the patient, much faster than is possible with conventional IMRT. Faster treatments allow for greater precision, since there is less chance of patient or tumor movement during treatment delivery and, with less time on the treatment couch, also allow for greater patient comfort.

Pradeep K. Jaisingh, managing director and CEO of International Oncology Services Pvt Ltd, says, "There is a tremendous gap in advanced radiotherapy services in India and we are trying to fill this gap by establishing a number of dedicated oncology center
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