April 2015 issue of Spot ON | Varian

April 2015 issue of Spot ON

 
News from Varian’s Particle Therapy Group         April, 2015

Welcome to the third issue of “Spot ON,” Varian Medical Systems’ e-newsletter from Varian’s Particle Therapy division. As you may know, Varian offers the ProBeam® proton therapy system, which integrates scanning beam intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT) with advanced technologies for image-guidance and patient positioning. This e-newsletter is intended to offer subscribers the latest news about Varian’s proton therapy offerings, including information about new technological developments and system deployments around the world. We welcome your comments and input, and hope that you find this quarterly e-newsletter of interest.

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Patient Treatments Commence in Fixed-Beam Proton Therapy Rooms at Scripps Proton Therapy Center in San Diego

Varian Selected to Equip New Proton Centers in Holland, Denmark

NAPT Issues Model Insurance Coverage Policy for Proton Therapy

Varian to Sponsor a Tour of the Scripps Proton Therapy Center at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Particle Therapy Cooperative Group (PTCOG)

Patient Treatments Commence in Fixed-Beam Proton Therapy Rooms at Scripps Proton Therapy Center in San Diego

Clinicians at the Scripps Proton Therapy Center in San Diego have been treating patients in their two fixed-beam rooms since they were commissioned in August of 2014, the last of five rooms commissioned within the first year after the center opened. In a fixed-beam room, the gantry does not rotate around the patient. The fixed beam room combines a horizontally mounted pencil beam scanning nozzle—the proton delivery element—with a robotic treatment couch that can be manipulated along six axes for accurate patient positioning. This offers clinicians an alternative room option that enables faster patient throughput when treating tumors that require only one or two treatment angles.

“The Scripps clinical staff members are fully utilizing the remote system capabilities,” observed James Iannello, proton therapy product marketing manager for Varian. “Last week I saw them immobilize a patient and take a first set of images from inside the room, exit, and deliver the first treatment field. For the second field, instead of re-entering the room, they rotated the treatment table, imaged, and applied table corrections from outside the treatment room. In my seven years in proton therapy, I’ve never seen this unique capability done on any other system.” The Scripps Proton Therapy Center in San Diego was the first in the United States to use the Varian ProBeam® system. The 54th annual Particle Therapy Cooperative Group (PTCOG) meeting in May will be hosted by Scripps Proton Therapy Center; University of California, San Diego; and the University of Maryland. Read more about the Scripps Proton Therapy Center here.

 

Varian Selected to Equip New Proton Centers in Holland, Denmark

Varian has recently been selected, via public tenders, to equip and service national proton therapy centers in Delft, Holland and in Aarhus, Denmark. The Dutch project covers provision of proton therapy equipment and in-room imaging technology for a new center that is now under construction adjacent to the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). The Danish tender covers equipment, software, and services to operate a four-room National Centre for Particle Therapy, to be situated alongside Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark’s second largest city.

Some related links: More about the Holland Particle Therapy Centre project
More about the Danish National Centre for Particle Therapy project

NAPT Issues Model Insurance Coverage Policy for Proton Therapy

The National Association for Proton Therapy (NAPT) recently issued an updated model insurance coverage policy for treating patients with proton beam therapy. This updated policy incorporates 15 significant and compelling articles published in peer reviewed journals in just the last 12 months.

The recently published articles discuss the use of proton beam therapy for numerous cancer sites, including head and neck tumors, non-small lung cancer, esophageal cancer and locally advanced breast cancer, as well as cancers in pediatric patients. Several articles contribute to the growing body of evidence related to the cost effectiveness and improved quality of life outcomes associated with proton beam therapy.

To read the NAPT announcement and access a copy of the model policy, click here.

Varian to Sponsor a Tour of the Scripps Proton Therapy Center at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Particle Therapy Cooperative Group (PTCOG)

The 54th annual meeting of the Particle Therapy Cooperative Group (PTCOG) is coming to the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, California May 18-23. The host site will be the Scripps Proton Therapy Center, the first host site with a multi-room center outfitted with pencil beam scanning and intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT) throughout. After just a little more than a year in clinical operation, Scripps has achieved the fastest ramp up with the most complex clinical case mix. Varian will conduct an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Scripps Proton Therapy Center on May 20 from 6-9pm.

Varian’s exhibit at the meeting will highlight the ProBeam® Compact single-room proton solution —IMPT without compromise. Varian Particle Therapy is a proud sponsor of PTCOG. For more information, or to register for the conference (the Scripps tour is included within the Wednesday, May 20 Education Session), click here.

You can also visit us to learn more about pencil beam scanning for IMPT at this upcoming conference:
European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO), Barcelona, April 24-28