QUEENSLAND, Australia, Oct. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cancer patients on the Gold Coast of Queensland have gained access to treatments on an advanced TrueBeam™ radiotherapy and radiosurgery system from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR). Queensland's first TrueBeam device commenced treatments at Genesis CancerCare Queensland's treatment center located at John Flynn Hospital in Tugun last week.
The Varian TrueBeam™ system, which integrates advanced treatment, imaging and motion management technologies to enhance the precision of treatments, is one of eight ordered earlier this year by Genesis CancerCare, the largest private radiotherapy provider in Australia.
"With a broad spectrum of advanced capabilities, the TrueBeam system's advanced image guided radiotherapy system makes it possible to deliver fast, targeted treatments to tumors even as they move and change over time," said Professor David Christie, radiation oncologist at Genesis CancerCare Queensland.
"The introduction of this technology has the potential to redefine cancer management practices throughout the region due to the number of conditions that can be successfully managed with radiation while helping to reduce the exposure of normal healthy tissues in order to minimize side effects," added Dr. Christie.
Radiation oncologist Dr. Selena Young, added, "Cancer patients with complex conditions living at the southern end of the Gold Coast, Tweed and Northern Rivers regions will now have local treatment options, improving continuity of care and avoiding the burden of travel to access specialist cancer care."
The first patient to be treated on the TrueBeam at John Flynn Hospital was a 57-year-old female rectal cancer patient who was treated using Varian's RapidArc® technique, whereby the machine quickly delivers the treatment during a continuous rotation around the patient, all the while shaping the beam to match the shape and size of the tumor from every angle.
Formerly part of the Premion Group which was acquired by Genesis CancerCare last year, John Flynn Hospital has treated cancer patients using Varian equipment and software for almost 20 years.
Editorial contact: Neil Madle, Varian Medical Systems, +44 7786 526068
About Varian Medical Systems
Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, focuses energy on saving lives by equipping the world with advanced technology for fighting cancer and for X-ray imaging. The company is the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy and brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices. Varian is also a premier supplier of X-ray imaging components, including tubes, digital detectors, and image processing software and workstations for use in medical, scientific, and industrial settings, as well as for security and non-destructive testing. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 6,800 people who are located at manufacturing sites in North America, Europe, and China and approximately 70 sales and support offices around the world. For more information, visit http://www.varian.com or follow us on Twitter.
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