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Dijon cancer centre installs Varian’s Trilogy linear accelerator for stereotactic radiosurgery

Varian : 20 June, 2008  (New Product)
Cancer patients in eastern France will be able to receive advanced image-guided radiotherapy treatments with the arrival of the first Trilogy linear accelerator from Varian Medical Systems in the country.
The Trilogy device becomes the hospital’s third Varian linear accelerator, enabling the centre to treat more patients with more advanced treatments, including stereotactic radiosurgery.

“The Trilogy enables us to carry out very precise image-guided stereotactic treatments in addition to our established program of intensity-modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) treatments,” said professor Maingon, head of radiation oncology at the Georges-François Leclerc Cancer Center in Dijon. “This is an important step forward in bringing advanced and targeted Radiotherapy to patients in this location.”

Professor Maingon said his team will begin using the Trilogy for prostate cancer treatments, using the advanced cone-beam CT imaging capabilities to validate the accuracy of patient set-up positioning prior to treatment in a dose escalation programme. Doctors will also use the new machine to take part in a national hypo-fractionation clinical research trial involving hypo-fractionated stereotactic treatment of lung tumours.

“The same approach will also be used for patients with liver tumours, either primary or metastatic, which are not treatable either by surgery or chemotherapy,” added professor Maingon.

The Georges-François Leclerc Cancer Center has been one of two leading hospitals to host Varian’s European IMRT School in recent years. “It is a pioneering hospital carrying out some advanced, highly-conformal Radiotherapy treatments and we are delighted to be working with them to introduce image-guided and stereotactic treatments for the benefit of their patients,” said Youssef Rihane, Varian’s country manager in France. The hospital treats 1200 patients each year and serves cancer patients within 200 kilometres.

A fully-accessorised Trilogy device, equipped with Varian’s On-Board Imager for fast and effective image-guidance, is capable of offering all standard radiation therapies as well as the most advanced treatments such as IMRT, image-guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) and whole-body stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS), which are all aimed at increasing precision and improving patient outcomes.
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