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New Vantage frame transforms Gamma Knife radiosurgery experience

Patient immobilization for frame-based Gamma Knife® radiosurgery planning and treatment delivery is taking a leap forward with the introduction of Leksell Vantage™ for Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery. The simple, patient-friendly design and non-metallic composition of the Vantage frame promises not only to significantly increase patient comfort, but also to enhance target visualization and positioning as well…

Leaving cervical cancer nowhere to hide

Suryavathi Kanda, 39, and her family, consisting of her husband and now young adult children, run a small dairy business in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is hard work, so when Suryavathi learned that she had cervical cancer, she immediately started to worry. What would happen to the family business if she could not work? And…

Debbie practices mind over matter to overcome melanoma 

Deborah (Debbie) Butler, from Caloundra, Australia – near Brisbane – doesn’t get upset over things she can’t change, even when those things happen to be stage IV melanoma. When she met Dr. Matthew Foote, a Radiation Oncologist at the Gamma Knife® Centre of Queensland last year, he explained to her that although there were few…

Six future radiation therapists receive Elekta educational scholarships

Elekta selected six students to receive the company’s 2021-2022 Elekta Radiation Therapy Scholarship, a grant to help them pursue a career as a radiation therapist. The winners are Prince Asamoah, Anya Burke, Calista Johnson, Lydia LaCost, Keena St Louis, and Kelly Thai. Prince Asamoah – A goal to improve the lives of people with cancer…

No more landfill trips for Elekta’s United Kingdom manufacturing facility

As of March 1, Elekta’s facilities in Crawley, UK “Cornerstone,” stopped trucking the solid waste products from linear accelerator manufacture and office refuse to a landfill. Whatever can’t be recycled back into the manufacturing stream is converted into electricity via incineration and organic matter is transformed into biomass fuel. The company-wide zero-landfill goal for all…

Beirut hospital to offer more advanced cancer treatment with linac upgrade

Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, has perhaps suffered more than other cities during the Covid-19 pandemic. In August 2020, an explosion in the city’s harbor left over 200 people dead, injured 7,500 and put an additional burden on hospitals already under pressure due to the pandemic. Consequently, hundreds – possibly thousands – of people with cancer were…