Image-guided radiotherapy unveiled at Dijon cancer hospital

19 June 2008

The Georges-François Leclerc Cancer Center in Dijon, France has become the first site in the country to install a Trilogy linear accelerator from Varian Medical Systems. The new system for advanced image-guided radiotherapy was unveiled by French health minister Roselyne Bachelot in a special inauguration ceremony.

Professor Philippe Maingon, head of radiation oncology at the Georges-François Leclerc Cancer Center in Dijon, said, “We were honoured that the health minister was able to attend our unveiling ceremony and acknowledge the vital role of radiotherapy in treating cancer patients.” Carrying out the opening ceremony, Madame Bachelot praised the work of the Georges-François Leclerc Cancer Center and reiterated radiotherapy's status as a key weapon in the battle against cancer in France.

The Trilogy device becomes the hospital’s third Varian linear accelerator, enabling the centre to treat more patients with more advanced treatments, including stereotactic radiosurgery.

“The Trilogy enables us to carry out very precise image-guided stereotactic treatments in addition to our established program of intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) treatments,” said Professor Maingon. “This is an important step forward in bringing advanced and targeted radiotherapy to patients in this location.”

Professor Maingon said his team will begin using the Trilogy for prostate cancer treatments, using the advanced cone-beam CT imaging capabilities to validate the accuracy of patient set-up positioning prior to treatment in a dose escalation program. Doctors will also use the new machine to take part in a national hypo-fractionation clinical research trial involving hypo-fractionated stereotactic treatment of lung tumours. “The same approach will also be used for patients with liver tumours, either primary or metastatic, which are not treatable either by surgery or chemotherapy,” added Professor Maingon.

The Georges-François Leclerc Cancer Center has been one of two leading hospitals to host Varian’s European IMRT School in recent years. “It is a pioneering hospital carrying out some advanced, highly-conformal radiotherapy treatments and we are delighted to be working with them to introduce image-guided and stereotactic treatments for the benefit of their patients,” says Youssef Rihane, Varian’s country manager in France. The hospital treats 1200 patients each year and serves cancer patients within a radius of 200 kilometers.

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