New York, NY (PressExposure) June 11, 2011 -- The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology has become the first treatment center in New York City--to treat cancer patients with VMAT (Volumetric intensity Modulated Arc Therapy) technology. Dr. Leonard Farber, founder of the The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology states that "this technology marks the next evolution for treatment delivery using linear accelerators. We anticipate that when used in conjunction with our Elekta Infinity image guidance system and employing non-coplanar angles of delivery, VMAT will be a significantly improved treatment modality for The Farber Center patients."
The two main benefits of this unique Elekta technology is significant reduction in treatment time combined with a significant improvement in conformance to the target and sparing of dose to adjacent healthy tissues. The new technique, VMAT, adds the possibility of modulating the radiation intensity during an arc treatment. The advantage is an even better sparring of healthy organs and a more effective and better targeted irradiation of the tumor ... At the same time the total treatment time is significantly reduced from 15 minutes to 2 minutes in many cases. An additional benefit of reducing treatment times is greater comfort for the patient, which in turn, by making it easier for the patient to keep still, increases the likelihood of delivering radiation beams more accurately as targeted.
"Elekta Infinity is redefining conformity and speed of treatment providing physicians with a mechanism to apply their skills to deliver the best possible care to patients," says Tomas Puusepp, President and CEO of Elekta. "The simplicity and flexibility of use of Elekta Infinity allows it to be the leading edge treatment tool in large university settings as well as the department mainstay in community hospital settings. It truly provides the best for both worlds."
"We are so pleased to be able to offer this truly revolutionary treatment at The Farber Center," says Dr. Farber. "VMAT offers an ideal treatment for prostate, lung, certain breast and GI cancers patients in New York."
For more information or to speak with an expert from The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology please contact: Tanya Tohil-Farber at 212 300-0663.