Cyberknife robotic radiosurgery systems to be installed in three French cancer centres

8 March 2006

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Paris, France. The French National Institute of Cancer (INCa) has selected Accuray's CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System for its programme to promote innovative treatments in the field of radiation oncology.

Three academic cancer centres have been selected by an international committee of radiation oncologists, physicists and surgeons. The sites are the Centres de Lutte contre le Cancer Oscar Lambret in Lille (in cooperation with the University Hospital of Lille), Alexis Vautrin in Nancy, and Antoine Lacassagne in Nice. The committee evaluated the clinical and scientific expertise of each team and their experience in high precision radiation oncology before making their selection.

"Accuray is very excited by the prospect of working with such a prestigious group of French Hospitals and is pleased with INCa's recognition of the unique contribution the CyberKnife provides to cancer care," said Karl Blohm, General Manager Europe of Accuray, Europe S.A.R.L.

The CyberKnife System uses intelligent robotics to treat tumours anywhere in the body. It treats patients in single or staged (typically 2-5) sessions by delivering multiple beams of precisely directed radiation that converge upon the tumour while minimizing injury to surrounding healthy tissue. Image guidance and computer-controlled robotics combine to continuously track, detect and correct for tumour and patient movements throughout the treatment with sub-millimetre accuracy. Because of this extreme precision and accuracy, no head or body frame is required.

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