May 1, 2017 — iCAD Inc. announced the first early-stage breast cancer patient was treated in Australia with intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) using the Xoft Axxent Electronic Brachytherapy (eBx) System. The patient was treated at Monash Cancer Centre, a partnership between Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Monash Health, in Melbourne, Australia.
In March 2017, Monash Cancer Centre became the first medical center in Australia to adopt the Xoft System through iCAD’s local distribution partner, Regional Health Care Group Pty Ltd. The system is U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared, CE marked, entered in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG), and licensed in a growing number of countries for the treatment of cancer anywhere in the body. This includes early-stage breast cancer, non-melanoma skin cancer and gynecological cancer.
For the treatment of early-stage breast cancer, IORT with the Xoft System allows radiation oncologists and breast surgeons to work together to administer one precise, concentrated dose of radiation to a tumor site at the time of lumpectomy. IORT with the Xoft System can be completed in as little as eight minutes, making it possible to replace six to eight weeks of traditional radiation therapy with a single treatment.
The system’s miniaturized X-ray source can be inserted into a variety of applicators that are specifically designed for certain clinical indications. Monash Cancer Centre will offer the complete suite of Xoft System applicators used to deliver IORT, skin eBx, endometrial and cervical cancer radiation treatment.
“Our adoption of the Xoft System underscores our commitment to providing optimal quality of care to our patients and we are proud to be the first to offer this technology to patients in Australia in the context of an international clinical trial,” said Steven David, M.D., MBBS, FRANZCR, radiation oncologist, Moorabbin Campus director, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. “In our detailed review of the range of available radiation therapy solutions, the Xoft System’s distinguished versatility across a variety of clinical applications, mobility and unique patient benefits made it the pre-eminent solution for our practice.”
Monash Cancer Centre is the second international site to participate in iCAD’s clinical trial evaluating the Xoft System for the treatment of early-stage breast cancer, called the ExBRT trial.
“Intraoperative radiotherapy will offer women with early-stage breast cancer another therapeutic option, and, we believe, a better patient experience with less treatment morbidity, and a more rapid return to normal activity. As well as our current commitment to the study, we hope the breast service and other Monash Cancer Centre tumor services, will be able to contribute to understanding the use of this technology in other disease types and stages,” said Jane Fox, M.D., director, breast services, Monash Health. “We are encouraged by the research to date as the global community of treatment centers continues to provide appropriate patients with the unique option to complete a full dose of radiation therapy in a single treatment.”
Monash Cancer Centre at Moorabbin Hospital is a key service of Monash Health, the largest health service in the state of Victoria. The Monash Cancer Centre provides cancer treatment for the more than 1.5 million residents of southern Melbourne.
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