January 30, 2014 — Varian Medical Systems and the Algerian Ministry of Health (MOH) will provision six cancer treatment centers with $51 million of advanced technology for radiotherapy and radiosurgery. Varian will also establish a local regional training and education center.
Varian will provide each treatment center Eclipse treatment planning, Aria oncology information management software and three medical linear accelerators, including a TrueBeam STx radiosurgery unit. Varian plans to establish a parts depot in Algeria to make system components and tools readily available to service Varian equipment as needed.
The agreement also calls for Varian to establish a regional training and education "Center of Excellence" to serve as a training hub for the region. Programs at the center will be designed to help clinicians develop skills for using Varian technology to deliver advanced radiotherapy treatments.
Six Varian treatment systems already exist in Algeria, and the first medical linear accelerator was installed nearly 25 years ago.
Varian will begin installing technology this year and expects to book approximately half of the orders in the second quarter of fiscal 2014, with the remaining portion to be booked as additional delivery dates are set and service is performed.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 30,000 new cancer cases are diagnosed each year in Algeria. Breast cancer is the most common form among women and lung cancer is most common among men in the country.
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