PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Varian (NYSE:
VAR) today announced the South Florida Proton Therapy Institute
(SFPTI), a Proton International facility, on the campus of Delray
Medical Center, has treated its first patient utilizing the Varian
ProBeam® Compact single-room proton therapy system.
Proton therapy can be used to treat many types of tumors including
in the brain, head and neck, central nervous system and lung, and
more precisely targets cancer cells while reducing side effects,
minimizing risk to surrounding tissue and organs.
"Proton therapy is the latest and by far the most advanced
radiation treatment available, and at SFPTI we use these highly
precise particle beams instead of traditional x-rays to treat
tumors more precisely, with much less exposure to the surrounding
normal tissues," said Tim Williams
medical director, SFPTI. "Proton therapy can be used to treat
children with cancer as well as adult tumors of the brain, spine,
head and neck, lung, prostate, GI tract, and breast tumors. I am
truly grateful to finally be able to make this long-standing vision
of bringing this world-class technology to south Florida a reality."
"We are proud of the partnership between Varian, SFPTI and
Proton International to help bring this advanced treatment
technology to more cancer patients who are in need of this
life-saving therapy," said Kolleen
Kennedy, president, Proton Solutions and chief growth
officer at Varian. "This first patient treatment is another
important step in the growing availability of proton therapy for
more patients and continues Varian's mission of creating a world
without fear of cancer."
Proton therapy uses protons, accelerated to about two-thirds the
speed of light, or more than 100,000 miles per second, to destroy
cancer cells, while minimizing exposure to nearby healthy tissues.
SFPTI will treat a variety of oncology patients with the
Varian system, including brain and spine, head and neck, breast,
liver, lung, pancreatic, prostate and pediatric cancers.
Currently 27 leading proton centers have selected the Varian
solution, 12 of the centers are in clinical operation and eight
more are expected to begin treating patients within the next 12
months. To learn more about the Varian proton therapy solutions,
About South Florida Proton Therapy Institute
South Florida Proton Therapy Institute (SFPTI), a Proton
International facility, is a radiation oncology center that opened
in 2018 on the campus of Delray Medical Center. Led by Medical
Director Tim R. Williams, M.D. and
featuring the most innovative technology available, SFPTI provides
those in Palm Beach County and the
surrounding communities with a tremendous new resource in the fight
against cancer. For more information, visit
At Varian (NYSE:VAR), we envision a world without fear of cancer.
For more than 70 years, we have developed, built and delivered
innovative cancer care technologies and solutions for our clinical
partners around the globe to help them treat millions of patients
each year. With an Intelligent Cancer Care approach, we are
harnessing advanced technologies like artificial intelligence,
machine learning and data analytics to enhance cancer treatment and
expand access to care. Our 9,200 employees across 70 countries keep
the patient and our clinical partners at the center of our thinking
as we power new victories in cancer care. Because, for cancer
patients everywhere, their fight is our fight. For more
information, visit http://www.varian.com and follow
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