Varian Medical Systems has secured a US$77 million order with Saudi Particle Therapy Centre to equip a new proton therapy facility at the King Fahd Medical Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The company will equip the centre with a ProBeam system for five treatment rooms, as well as two TrueBeam medical linear accelerators. Equipment delivery and installation is expected to commence in spring 2013 and patient treatments are scheduled to begin in late 2014. The agreement will also include a long-term service contract that should commence as the installation is completed.
Proton therapy is used to treat certain types of cancer more precisely and with potentially fewer side effects than with conventional radiation therapy. With proton therapy, the risk of damage to healthy tissues is reduced and the method can be applied for many of the most common types of cancer and offers advantages when treating tumours close to radiosensitive tissues. In paediatric patients the risk of developing a new, radiation-induced cancer later in life can be reduced.
VMS is currently installing and commissioning its ProBeam system at the Scripps Proton Center near San Diego, CA. The company has also been selected to provide equipment for new proton therapy centres at the University of Maryland and in Mestre, Italy. It has further been identified as the preferred provider for a new centre at Emory University near Atlanta, GA