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2010-02-25 14:00:00

Proton beam radiation therapy shows encouraging results for patients with locally advanced sinonasal malignancies, according to a study presented at the Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium, sponsored by AHNS, ASCO, ASTRO and SNM. Sinonasal cancers are very rare but aggressive types of cancer. Patients usually present with advanced stage with tumors involving normal structures in the skull base such as eyes, optic nerves, brain. Between 1991 and 2003, 99 patients with newly...

2010-02-24 07:00:00

WEST CHICAGO, Ill., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientists and researchers from the Northern Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center (NIPTRC) and Northern Illinois University along with their partners are developing a new imaging process using a proton beam that they believe will be a major medical breakthrough in the delivery of proton beam therapy for cancer patients. Research Director and Chief Physicist George Coutrakon, Ph.D. says it demonstrates that NIPTRC and NIU are already...

2010-02-22 07:00:00

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) will be displaying its extensive range of radiotherapy and brachytherapy technology advancements at the annual American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, later this week. Varian can be found on Booths 34 and 35. In advance of the show, Varian is hosting an educational symposium on February 24th focusing on the practical implementation of high dose rate...

2010-01-27 07:00:00

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE: VAR), a premier supplier of X-ray tubes and flat panel digital image detectors, today announced it has been given certification to assemble and service X-ray tubes in China to support its growing customer base of X-ray equipment manufacturers and service organizations. "The certification of our facility in Beijing significantly enhances our ability to serve China's X-ray imaging industry on an expedited...

2010-01-21 07:00:00

SYDNEY, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Radiation Oncology Department at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney has become the first in Australia to be formally accredited by Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR), the world leader in radiotherapy, as a teaching facility for image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT). The hospital will hold four IGRT courses in 2010 and there are plans to extend this accreditation to other advanced techniques such as intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and...

2010-01-19 08:00:00

MUNICH, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Rinecker Proton Therapy Center (RPTC) in Munich has doubled its capacity with the successful commissioning of a second treatment room that will enable it to deliver intensity modulated proton therapy using pencil-beam scanning technology from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) of Palo Alto, Calif. "The commissioning of our second treatment gantry will enable us to double our capacity and we are very pleased to be able to offer advanced proton...

2010-01-05 16:14:43

Institute for Clinical and Economic Review summary incorporates findings from 3 separate appraisals of 6 treatment options A comprehensive appraisal of the management and treatment options for low-risk prostate cancer found that the rates of survival and tumor recurrence are similar among the most common treatment approaches, although costs can vary considerably. The report was prepared by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), a leader in comparative effectiveness research...

2009-12-21 10:00:00

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia, Dec. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Slovenian Minister of Health Borut Miklavcic today officially unveiled the nation's first Novalis Tx(TM) radiosurgery platform for modern radiotherapy and radiosurgery at the Oncology Institute of Ljubljana. The new treatment platform from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) and BrainLAB will give Slovenian cancer patients in the country's only radiotherapy department access to advanced radiotherapy and radiosurgery treatments, including...

2009-12-15 07:00:00

GHENT, Belgium, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ghent University Hospital in Belgium, among the first hospitals in the world to pioneer radiotherapy treatments using arc therapy, has carried out its first treatment using fast and efficient RapidArc radiotherapy technology from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR). A 56-year-old male rectal carcinoma patient was treated in just 75 seconds, over four times faster than possible using conventional fixed-beam treatments. "This treatment would...

2009-12-14 07:00:00

HELSINKI, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cancer patients in Finland have gained access to more advanced treatments with the introduction of RapidArc® radiotherapy technology from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) at the only private radiotherapy clinic in the Nordic region. Clinicians at Docrates Clinic in Helsinki are using this fast and precise form of radiotherapy to treat patients with multiple brain metastases and cancers of the abdomen and prostate. RapidArc,...


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