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CyberKnife radiosurgery system receives approval in Japan

Accuray : 23 June, 2008  (Company News)
Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) has granted Shonin approval of the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System for use in treatment of extracranial tumours, including tumours that move with respiration.
The regulatory approval expands the types of patients that can be treated with radiosurgery. As a result of the approval, the CyberKnife System may be used in Japan to treat tumours anywhere in the body, including those in the spine, lung, liver, pancreas and prostate.

“Japanese regulatory approval for these expanded indications is a noteworthy milestone for Accuray and significantly expands the potential for the CyberKnife System in Japan,” said Eric P. Lindquist, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Accuray. “Because customers in Japan have a long history of using the CyberKnife System for tumours in the head and neck, we are pleased that the benefits of extracranial Radiosurgery will finally be realised by this important market.”

The CyberKnife System offers cancer patients worldwide a pain-free, non-invasive alternative to surgery. In 1996 the CyberKnife System was first approved in Japan to treat tumours in the head and neck. Currently, there are 20 CyberKnife Systems installed throughout Japan, making it the second largest installed base of CyberKnife Systems after the USA.

Recently Accuray established an office in Tokyo, Japan to address the Japanes market. Accuray will work with its existing distributor to sell the CyberKnife System and increase patient access to its benefits.
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