Varians new linear accelerator treats first patient

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A 55-year-old female head and neck cancer patient from the Istituto Oncologico della Svizzera Italiana in Bellinzona, Switzerland was the first person to be treated clinically via Varian Medical Systems' new single energy medical linear accelerator, Unique.

The radiotherapy delivery device replaces a low energy accelerator at the facility and will deliver RapidArc radiotherapy to patients with head and neck, brain and breast cancers, said the Palo Alto-based company.