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2009-11-03 15:55:18

Hypofractionated radiation treatment, a newer type of radiation treatment that delivers higher doses of radiation in fewer treatments than conventional radiation therapy, is significantly more effective in stopping cancer from growing in high risk patients, compared to receiving standard radiation treatment, according to a study presented November 4, 2009, at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). In addition, findings show there is no increased risk...

2009-11-03 15:08:58

Radiation oncologists at Rush University Medical Center are intent on finding ways to avoid damage to the critically important hippocampus and limbic circuit of the brain when cranial radiation is required to treat existing or potential metastatic cancers. The goal is to spare these areas, which are responsible for short-term memory, as well as emotions, motivation, and a range of executive functions, such as planning and decision-making. Cranial radiation is used to destroy tumors that have...

2009-11-03 12:21:00

CHICAGO, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge has chosen ScandiDos as the provider of its quality assurance (QA) solution for RapidArc(TM), and, in doing so, becomes the 100th clinical installation of Delta4. In selecting the Delta4 volumetric QA system, cancer care physicists and physicians at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital now have access to cutting edge verification of radiation therapy treatment. Key to this is the...

2009-11-02 19:15:00

CHICAGO, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Obesity, not the amount of radiation given, is the greatest factor in whether early-stage lung cancer patients develop chest wall pain after receiving stereotactic body radiation therapy to the chest wall, with obese patients being more than twice as likely to develop chronic pain compared to those who have less body weight, according to a first-of-its-kind study presented Tuesday, November 3, 2009, at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American...

2009-11-02 14:48:26

Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) stopped the growth of cancer at its original site in the lung for three years among nearly 98 percent of patients with early non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who are unable to have the cancer surgically removed, according to an updated three-year study presented November 2, 2009, at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). The study also shows that more than half (56 percent) of these patients lived for three...

2009-10-29 07:00:00

CHICAGO, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ASTRO Booth # 2229 -- New technology enhancements from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR), designed to make radiotherapy and radiosurgery treatments faster, more accurate, and easier to plan and deliver, will be on display at the annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in Chicago next week. The Varian booth at ASTRO will provide a glimpse into the company's R&D pipeline of future technologies for managing cancer...

2009-08-26 09:51:00

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Kansas City Cancer Center (KCCC), an affiliate of US Oncology, Inc. which supports the nation's foremost cancer treatment and research network, has treated its first patient with the new TomoTherapy(R) radiation therapy technology at its new KCCC-Shawnee Mission office. KCCC is the only healthcare provider in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area with a TomoTherapy treatment machine - a welcomed new treatment that combines CT imaging with...

2009-03-11 07:00:00

Only Radiotherapy Department in State of Qatar to Introduce State-of-the-Art Treatments including RapidArc(TM) Technology DOHA, Qatar, March 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- One of the leading cancer centers in the Middle East has acquired two advanced radiotherapy devices from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) equipped with RapidArc(TM) technology for fast and precise treatments. Al Amal Hospital in Doha, Qatar, is replacing four-year-old linear accelerators from another manufacturer with...

2009-02-17 07:00:00

HONG KONG, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Doctors in Hong Kong have carried out the first treatments in south-east Asia using a new, faster form of radiotherapy that extends more advanced care to more patients. A 74-year- old patient with localized prostate cancer became the region's first patient to receive treatment using RapidArc radiotherapy technology from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR). Clinicians at the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital (PYNEH) in Hong Kong said...

2009-01-06 07:00:00

MILAN, Italy, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A pancreatic cancer patient has become the first person in Italy to be treated using a new, faster form of radiotherapy that potentially enables doctors to improve outcomes while extending more advanced care to more patients. The Humanitas Clinic in Milan delivered the faster treatment using RapidArc(TM) radiotherapy technology from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR). "We see three major benefits with RapidArc," added Dr. Marta...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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