July 11, 2008 - Two prostate cancer patients became the first people in New York to receive a faster, more comfortable form of highly accurate radiotherapy in pioneering treatments at Radiation Oncology Associates of New York (a Division of Integrated Medical Professionals, PLLC).
Using RapidArc radiotherapy technology from Varian Medical Systems, doctors at the clinic, which will be changing its name to Advanced Radiation Centers of New York in August of this year, are now delivering image-guided intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) two to eight times faster than is possible with earlier technologies, said Varian.
"RapidArc enables us to quickly deliver IMRT treatments that are designed to target tumors and malignancies very precisely while dramatically reducing the exposure of surrounding tissues,” said Shawn Zimberg, M.D., medical director, Radiation Oncology.
The two patients, a 65-year-old banker with early stage prostate cancer and a 77-year-old retired attorney with locally advanced prostate cancer, have begun receiving RapidArc treatments that are delivered in less than two minutes.
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