News | October 01, 2009

Varian to Highlight Cancer Survivorship Program at ASTRO 2009

October 1, 2009 - Varian Medical Systems Inc. announced will highlight Equicare CS (cancer survivorship) case management software with Varian's ARIA Oncology Information System for the management of cancer treatment centers at the annual ASTRO 2009 annual meeting, Nov. 1-5, Chicago, Ill.

Equicare CS is designed to enable oncology treatment centers a way to provide cancer survivors proactive follow-up care to achieve a better post-treatment quality of life. Varian is teaming with Cogent Health Solutions to offer Cogent's

"Earlier this year, the American Cancer Society reported that cancer death rates in the United States have decreased by 18.4 percent among men and 10.5 percent among women since the early 1990s," said Maureen Thompson, senior director of oncology information systems at Varian. "Equicare CS is a unique solution for ensuring that patients who have joined the growing ranks of cancer survivors get the help they need to cope with the health issues that often follow successful cancer treatment."

Cancer survivors typically require follow-up care for late effects of treatment, secondary cancers, and quality of life issues. They often require diagnostic testing, nutritional, and counseling services. The Equicare case management system is a web-based, patient-centric tool that can help cancer survivors, their caregivers, and their healthcare providers achieve better clinical compliance and improved patient outcomes following treatment for cancer.

The program helps doctors generate a care plan based on best practices and established guidelines, and creates a dynamic link between all the key stakeholders -- patients, caregivers, and physicians," said Len Grenier, president and CEO of Cogent Medical Systems. "It distributes essential information to the patient through a personalized portal on the Internet, empowering survivors to become more active in their ongoing recovery. A survivorship program with Equicare CS will allow cancer centers to continue providing world-class care and manage outcomes for years after a patient's initial treatment has concluded."

"Varian technology for advanced radiation therapy has been instrumental in the fight against cancer, significantly prolonging hundreds of thousands of cancer patients' lives over the years," said Dow Wilson, president of Varian's Oncology Systems business. "This agreement to provide our customers with access to Equicare CS is part of our ongoing commitment to the quality of survivorship."

For more information: www.varian.com

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