BARRETOS, Brazil - Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) and Hospital de Câncer de Barretos (HCB) in Brazil today announced that they have entered into a long-term agreement encompassing the deployment of advanced technology for treating cancer as well as the establishment of a clinical training program at the hospital.
HCB will acquire four new radiotherapy treatment systems representing the full spectrum of Varian's technology offerings. A TrueBeam®, Trilogy®, Clinac®, and UNIQUE™ radiotherapy system will be installed over a two year period. The hospital will also upgrade its suite of Varian software, including Eclipse™ and BrachyVision™ for treatment planning and ARIA® for managing oncology information.
"With these systems, Barretos will be fully equipped to provide a full range of radiotherapy and radiosurgery modalities, so that we can offer the most appropriate treatments for different types of cancer," said Dr. Renato José Affonso Junior, radiation oncologist at the hospital and vice president of the Brazilian Society of Radiation Oncology. "Using these systems we will be able to offer high-dose-rate 3D brachytherapy, 3-D conformal treatments, intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), RapidArc®, and radiosurgery for treating even very small lesions with tremendous precision."
Varian will also work with the HCB clinical team to establish a clinical school at the hospital, to train clinicians from across Brazil and other countries in Latin America on the use of Varian technology to deliver advanced radiotherapy. The clinical school will be outfitted with a VERT™ virtual simulation and training system that enables doctors, physicists, dosimetrists, and radiation therapists to learn and practice planning and delivering a full range of treatment techniques.
"Our intention is to become a reference center for RapidArc treatment and training within two years," said Dr. Henrique Duarte Prata, chief executive officer at HCB. "RapidArc technology can deliver a precise treatment that focuses on the tumor and minimizes the impact on surrounding healthy tissues. These treatments are delivered in just minutes, which means we can accommodate a lot of patients using this technology."
"Varian has been equipping the Hospital de Câncer de Barretos for a long time—some twenty years," said Humberto Izidoro, Varian's managing director in Brazil. "This agreement adds some special new areas of cooperation, and we're excited about this expansion of our long-standing relationship, which fits so well with our commitment to helping increase cancer patients' access to advanced radiotherapy in Brazil."
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 radiation. The company provides comprehensive solutions for 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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