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Varian plans RapidArc radiotherapy educational symposia

Varian : 20 February, 2008  (New Product)
Varian Medical Systems is organising a series of educational symposia about its RapidArc radiotherapy technology for faster and more precise cancer treatments.
The symposia will offer clinicians the opportunity to learn more about a technology that makes it possible to deliver image-guided, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) two to eight times faster than is possible with conventional IMRT or helical tomotherapy.

'RapidArc represents a major medical advance that will revolutionise the way image-guided IMRT is planned and delivered for thousands and thousands of patients,' said Dow Wilson, president of Varian's Oncology Systems business. 'Interest in RapidArc is tremendous and we're finding that our radiation oncology clinicians are eager to learn how to implement it in their centres, so we're holding several events including symposia and webinars to address this interest.'

RapidArc, which recently received two FDA clearances for the treatment hardware and the treatment planning software module in Varian's Eclipse treatment planning system, quickly delivers a complete volumetric IMRT treatment in a single arc of the treatment machine around the patient. Varian has started taking orders for RapidArc, and will begin delivering it to customers in the spring of 2008.

'RapidArc should make more precise and faster Radiotherapy a more affordable and more accessible treatment option for more cancer patients,' said Wilson. 'Varian is again providing technology advances that extend the versatility of a treatment system, adding volumetric arc therapy to other advanced capabilities including fixed-beam IMRT, image-guidance and stereotactic, electron and respiratory-gated treatments.

'No other company offers this level of options for customising treatments according to each patient's specific needs on one treatment machine. Doctors can utilise the advances of RapidArc for prostate and head and neck treatments, and still offer world-class fixed beam IMRT treatments with motion management for lung and breast tumours and electron treatments for patients with superficial lesions.'

The future symposium events are scheduled for:

Orlando, Florida, USA (February 28, 2008);
Newport Beach, California, USA (March 18, 2008);
Chicago, Illinois, USA (May 3, 2008);
Boston, Massachusetts, USA (May 7, 2008);
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (June 12, 2008);
Toronto, Canada (Date to be confirmed).

Speakers include Dr Karl Otto, PhD, British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver and Dr Cedric Yu, ScD, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD.
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