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Venezia brachy applicator for cervical cancer

Nice University’s Head of Radiation Therapy Department, Jean-Michel Hannoun-Levi, MD, PhD, has been involved in brachytherapy as far back as his first days as a radiation oncology resident at Leon Berard (Lyon) and Alexis Vautrin (Nancy) Cancer Centers, and has been fortunate to meet and work with renowned French brachytherapists Monique Pernot, Alain Gerbaulet and…

Heart avoidance inspires breast treatment program

Concerned about the long-term implications to heart health during breast cancer radiotherapy, Christchurch Hospital (Christchurch, New Zealand) acquired Elekta’s Active Breathing Coordinator™ (ABC) to facilitate Deep Inspiration Breath-hold (DIBH) radiotherapy for women with left-sided breast cancer. The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation (NZBF) funded the hospital’s acquisition of ABC, in addition to a 15-patient pilot…

More brachytherapy evidence for GYN cancer

Women with primary vaginal cancer (PVC) who received brachytherapy – either by itself or in combination with external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) – had higher median overall survival (6.1 years) versus patients who received EBRT alone (3.6 years). The results were from a Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Result (SEER) database study of 2,517 vaginal cancer…

Philippines island of Davao launches brachy service

Women with gynecological cancers in Davao, an island in the south of the Philippines, now have convenient access to potentially curative brachytherapy treatment. On March 23, doctors at The Cancer Center for Mindanao (Davao Regional Medical Center, Barangay Apokon, Tagum City) used their Elekta microSelectron® afterloader to deliver intracavitary brachytherapy to their first patient, a…

Cancer center debuts its two new Versa HD systems

In preparation for departmental upgrades, Willis-Knighton faced a choice of vendors to enhance radiation oncology operations. Officials at the cancer center decided to acquire a pair of advanced Elekta Versa HD™ systems and decommission their two Varian 21EX systems, each with On-Board Imager®, in May 2016. Willis-Knighton clinicians began treating patients on the Versa HD…

Cancer center shares how they improve patients’ lives

The hospitals and care centers comprising the Willis-Knighton health system (Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana, USA) constitute a critical healthcare resource for local residents and patients throughout Southern Arkansas, East Texas and North Louisiana, a combined catchment area of about one million people. The only locally owned, locally operated not-for-profit health system in Shreveport-Bossier, Willis-Knighton is committed to…

A new trick for pro BMX rider Josh Perry

Thrilling ups and downs, rapid turns and hard crashes are all part of life. Sometimes things take a smooth, predictable approach and other times you get caught in a tailspin from out of nowhere that slams you hard on the concrete. It’s not really about how hard you fall, but more about how quickly you…

India center leaves paper-based workflow behind

For two years, health care providers at Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), in Gurgaon (Haryana) had tolerated their often confusing paper-based radiation therapy workflow. Although they had been using MOSAIQ® Desktop (v 2.3) to record and verify treatments since 2012, every other aspect of the practice depended on the manual processing of a piece of…