Da Nang Cancer Hospital in Vietnam has contracted with Varian Medical Systems to provide a radiotherapy system capable of delivering intensity-modulated radiotherapy treatments (IMRT) that precisely target tumours while minimising exposure of surrounding healthy tissues. The installation of the Varian IMRT system will be the first in central Vietnam.
The new facility includes a Clinac medical linear accelerator, VMS' Eclipse radiotherapy treatment planning software, as well as an Acuity imaging and simulation machine, that collectively provides the centre with the needs to offer patients IMRT. The Da Nang Cancer Hospital is a 500-bed charity hospital that serves patients in Da Nang and throughout central Vietnam. Hospital personnel expects the system will be operational and treating cancer patients sometime later this year. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), there are approximately 111,600 new cases of cancer in Vietnam annually, and approximately 82,000 deaths associated with the disease each year.
The US Department of Commerce's Trade Advocacy Center has actively supported VMS' bid through its International Trade Administration's Gold Key Matching Services, which arrange meetings with potential business partners in a targeted export market and offer assistance in developing strategies for pursuing business opportunities outside of the US. The US Embassy in Vietnam was also actively engaged in supporting the new partnership.