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Long Beach Memorial Medical Center buys hyperthermia system for cancer therapy

BSD Medical : 15 January, 2008  (New Product)
Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach, California, USA, has increased its hyperthermia programme for cancer treatment by acquiring a BSD-2000 hyperthermia system for clinical investigations under FDA approved protocols.
“With the addition of the BSD-2000, we now have a comprehensive hyperthermia treatment centre, with the ability to offer our patients a complete cancer therapy programme for treating superficial tumours and clinical studies of tumours deep in the body,” said Dr Nisar Syed, chief of radiology at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

Dr Syed is a world pioneer in brachytherapy, a widely used cancer treatment that provides radiation therapy by inserting radioactive 'seeds', isolating the radiation exposure to tumours and preserving the healthy cells. He is also a leader in the combined use of radiation and hyperthermia therapy in the treatment of superficial cancer, as provided by BSD Medical’s systems.

“The synergy of these two modalities provides improved local control and allows us to treat advanced patients who otherwise have exhausted their treatment options,' according to Dr Syed.

The Long Beach Memorial Medical Center is internationally known for treating cancer patients with complex and advanced stage disease.

The BSD-2000 was designed to deliver precision-focused RF energy into cancerous tumours, raising the tumour temperature to therapeutic levels. Hyperthermia therapy is used to destroy cancer cells with heat and increase the effectiveness of radiation therapy.

In the USA treatments using the BSD-2000 are investigational and are administered under FDA approved protocols.

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