Often undetected until it has spread elsewhere in the body, pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in
There have been few substantial treatment alternatives for pancreas cancer patients in decades. However promising early results on the use of MRIdian SMART for inoperable pancreas cancer were published in 2019. These results showed the potential for better outcomes and lower toxicities impacting quality of life for patients. Given this, researchers were eager to see if the benefits could be maintained over several years and without significant side effects.
The presentation, titled "Long-Term Multi-Institutional Outcomes of 5-Fraction Ablative Stereotactic MR-Guided Adaptive Radiation Therapy (SMART) for Inoperable Pancreas Cancer With Median Prescribed Biologically Effective Dose of 100 Gy10", highlighted results from 148 patients treated with MRIdian SMART at three institutions –
"Pancreatic cancer is difficult to remove surgically because the tumors often entangle themselves into surrounding blood vessels and tissue in the abdomen, leaving a large number of patients inoperable and further contributing to the deadly nature of the disease," said
"As the leading patient advocacy organization dedicated to fighting the world's toughest cancer, PanCAN is committed to improving outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients," said
MRIdian SMART is a non-invasive, outpatient procedure typically completed in five treatment sessions with little to no side effects. MRIdian uses real-time MRI imaging to continuously track the tumor throughout treatment and control the radiation beam so that high doses of radiation can be delivered with pinpoint accuracy, avoiding unwanted dose to nearby healthy tissue and critical anatomic structures. This allows for the delivery of ablative doses of radiation in fewer treatment sessions than standard radiation therapy. With MRIdian, modifications can be made throughout the treatment in response to changes in the tumor and nearby internal anatomy. This enables more personalized treatment and helps further improve the precision of treatment.
Nearly 16,000 patients have been treated with MRIdian. Currently, 46 MRIdian systems are installed at hospitals around the world where they are used to treat a wide variety of solid tumors and are the focus of numerous ongoing research efforts. MRIdian has been the subject of hundreds of peer-reviewed publications, scientific meeting abstracts, and presentations. For a list of treatment centers, please visit: https://viewray.com/find-mridian-mri-guided-radiation-therapy/
The opinions and clinical experiences discussed herein are specific to the featured physicians and are for information purposes only. Nothing in this material is intended to provide specific medical advice or to take the place of written law or regulations. Results of treatment presented in this press release are not indicative of typical or future results.
The MRIdian Linac System is not appropriate for all patients, including those who are not candidates for magnetic resonance imaging. Radiation treatments may cause side effects that can vary depending on the part of the body being treated. The most frequent ones are typically temporary and may include, but are not limited to, irritation to the respiratory, digestive, urinary or reproductive systems; fatigue; nausea; skin irritation; and hair loss. In some patients, side effects can be severe. Treatment sessions may vary in complexity and duration. Radiation treatment is not appropriate for all cancers. You should discuss the potential for side effects and their severity as well as the benefits of radiation and magnetic resonance imaging with your doctor to make sure radiation treatment is right for you.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Statements in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, among other things, anticipated future orders, ViewRay's financial guidance for the full year 2021, anticipated future operating and financial performance, treatment results, therapy adoption, innovation and the performance of the MRIdian systems. Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. Such factors include, among others, the ability to commercialize MRIdian Linac System, demand for
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