The Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC), based at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, is purchasing Varian Medical Systems’ TrueBeam STx medical linear accelerators, to offer stereotactic radiosurgery treatments to its patients.
The NCCC, which is currently equipped with eight linear accelerators from Siemens, will install the TrueBeam STx machines in 2013.
NCCC radiotherapy head Gill Lawrence said the medical centre aims to launch stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) programmes for cancer treatments.
"Once the new machines are installed, the SABR programme will be available initially for lung cancer patients, the SRS programme for treating conditions in the brain; subsequent developments include plans for liver and pancreatic cancer treatments," Lawrence added.
Varian’s TrueBeam platform offers dynamically synchronised imaging, patient positioning, motion management and treatment delivery services.
TrueBeam uses a high intensity mode to deliver high doses more than twice as quickly, while the TrueBeam STx is optimised for radiosurgical applications, where heavy doses are delivered in a single treatment or only a few sessions.
The clinic intends to treat 38 to 42 individuals each day using the linear accelerators.
NCCC consultant oncologist Dr. Ian Pedley said the hospital preferred to install two TrueBeam STx devices because of Varian’s integrated approach and experience in providing radiosurgery technology.
"We will be treating a lot of patients on these machines and workflow is extremely important to us," Dr. Pedley added.
Image: Varian Medical TrueBeam devices will allow Northern Centre for Cancer Care to deliver advanced radiosurgery treatments. Photo courtesy of Ian Porter.