Varian Equipment Selected to Equip New Cancer Center in Algeria and Enable More Advanced Radiotherapy Treatments for Patients

Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:00am EST

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SETIF,  Algeria,  Jan. 24, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Cancer patients in  Algeria 
will gain access to more advanced treatments when three state-of-the-art
treatment machines from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) are installed at a
new radiotherapy department at Setif in the coming months. The Algerian Ministry
of Health has ordered three Varian medical linear accelerators as part of a
major government initiative to equip the country with modern radiotherapy
systems.  

The Varian Clinac iX devices, along with Eclipse treatment planning software and
ARIA oncology information management software, will enable doctors at the
newly-constructed facility to deliver advanced treatments such as intensity
modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT).   

"We are pleased to be part of the Algerian Ministry of Health's program to make
modern cancer treatments accessible to more patients," says Dow Wilson, Varian's
chief executive officer. "Varian has successfully improved the precision and
speed of radiotherapy and radiosurgery in order to make it both a cost-effective
and widely-available weapon in the war on cancer."  

Cancer in  Algeria

Algeria  is experiencing an increase in cancer incidence, driven by the growth
and ageing of its population as well as a high prevalence of smoking. The World
Health Organization's (WHO) GloboCan project indicates that in 2008,  Algeria 
had 28,736 cancer cases. This is projected to rise to 35,628 in 2015, an
increase of almost 25 per cent. Lung and breast cancers are two of the most
common cancers in  Algeria, accounting for over a quarter of new cancer cases
every year.

Editorial contact:  Neil Madle, Varian Medical Systems, +44 7786 526068  

About Varian Medical Systems

Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of  Palo Alto, California, is the world's leading
manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other
medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, and brachytherapy. The
company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics,
radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices. Varian is a premier
supplier of tubes, digital detectors, and image processing workstations for
X-ray imaging in medical, scientific, and industrial applications and also
supplies high-energy X-ray devices for cargo screening and non-destructive
testing applications.  Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 6,200 people
who are located at manufacturing sites in  North America,  Europe, and  China 
and approximately 70 sales and support offices around the world. For more
information, visit  http://www.varian.com  or follow us on  Twitter.  

SOURCE  Varian Medical Systems

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