BARCELONA, Spain, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Cancer treatment experts today reported their experiences with early treatments using the new TrueBeam system from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR), aimed at increasing the speed and precision of radiotherapy and radiosurgery treatments. Clinicians from the first two European hospitals to start clinical treatments using the new TrueBeam system – Zurich University Hospital in Switzerland and VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands - addressed an Emerging Technologies Symposium at the annual ESTRO conference here in Barcelona to give detailed accounts of early patient treatments.
Professor Urs Luetolf of Zurich University Hospital said, "When we introduce new technology it is always interesting for our fellow radiation oncologists and radiation therapists to hear about clinical process improvements for treatment delivery and imaging which enables us to handle organ and tumor motion, but clinical medicine has one main goal – to add something for patient.
"We have treated more than 100 patients on the TrueBeam system since we introduced it six months ago and, although it's too early to assess outcomes, it's clear the system offers advantages in terms of the speed and precision of delivery," Prof. Luetolf added. "Cancer patients constantly seek a better cure and fewer side effects and they want to be treated using the latest and most advanced technology, and our experiences with this advanced system to date have been encouraging for patients as well as making the treatment process more straightforward for clinicians."
Professor Ben Slotman, head of radiation oncology at VU University Medical Center, outlined the results of patient treatments that commenced using the new TrueBeam system earlier this month, beginning with that of an 80-year-old lung cancer patient for whom surgery was deemed