At ASTRO Annual Meeting, Elekta to Highlight Cancer Management Solutions That Advance and Simplify Patient Care

Oct 15, 2015, 09:00 ET from Elekta

SAN ANTONIO, October 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

At the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting, October 18-21 in San Antonio, Elekta (booth #459) will demonstrate that progress in health care is often achieved by increasing the sophistication of treatment solutions while simultaneously making them easier for clinicians to use. By both advancing and simplifying the tools and devices in cancer management, Elekta strives to help physicians improve patient care and solve clinical problems while minimizing risk and maximizing efficiency.  

Visitors to the Elekta exhibit will see examples of this progress in:

  • Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon™, Elekta's latest generation cranial radiosurgery platform. Featuring advanced imaging and motion management technologies, Icon is designed to help clinicians go beyond traditional frame-based Gamma Knife radiosurgery to high precision frameless radiosurgery for certain brain indications, while expanding workflow flexibility.

Leksell Gamma Knife Icon will be featured at the Industry Expert Theater at ASTRO on Monday, October 19, 12:20-1:30 p.m. in Hall B, Theater 2.

  • Elekta brachytherapy solutions, including Flexitron® afterloading platform. Increasingly, clinicians are turning to brachytherapy as a treatment option. Typically, in the treatment of patients with cervical or prostate cancer, for example, clinical evidence shows that adding brachytherapy to the treatment plan, significantly improves outcomes: 12 percent increase in survival at four years for patients with cervical cancer[1] and a longer relapse-free period for patients with prostate cancer[2].
  • Versa HD™ linear accelerator and Monaco® treatment planning. Versa HD and Monaco provide a powerful combination of unrivaled dose delivery and intelligent dose planning. With the ultra-low transmission of Agility™ and Monte Carlo accuracy, dose delivery to the target can be precisely controlled while ensuring surrounding anatomy is protected.
  • Information-guided cancer care™. Elekta is transforming cancer care by enabling clinicians to connect with the information they need to treat patients more effectively. It puts the physician in control, giving them instant, convenient access to an information network that surrounds each patient and connects every member of the patient care team. Elekta supports Information-guided cancer care through Care Management (tools for clinical and practice management), Treatment Management (tools for treatment planning, delivery and assessment) and Knowledge Management (clinical intelligence and data management applications).

Additional Elekta activities 

The 24th Annual Elekta Users Meeting (EUM) convenes Saturday, October 17 at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. Customers using any Elekta solution are welcome to attend and take advantage of this free educational opportunity. Robin Famiglietti, Executive Director and Division Administrator of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Jean Régis, MD, Neurosurgeon, Head of the Stereotactic, Functional Neurosurgery and Radiosurgery Department, La Timone Hospital will be the keynote speakers. To learn more about the EUM, visit http://www.elekta.com/EUM2015.

The Elekta Charity Bash, benefiting Texas-based Texas WINGS (Women Involved in Nurturing, Giving, Sharing) will be held October 17, 8-11 p.m., at the Buckhorn Saloon. Elekta is proud to support Texas WINGS, which is the only organization of its kind in the nation to provide comprehensive breast cancer treatment and follow-up care at no cost to the patient. All ticket proceeds benefit Texas WINGS.

Elekta's Capital Markets Day will be held Monday, October 19, from 9-11:30 a.m., at the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk. Members of Elekta's management team will present and highlight the company's solutions portfolio. Visit elekta.com to watch live.

Follow the Elekta Twitter handle, @Elekta, for updates from the ASTRO show floor. To learn more about Elekta at ASTRO, visit http://www.elekta.com/gobeyond.

[1]Han K et al. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 87 (2013) 111-119

[2]Deutsch et al. Brachytherapy 9 (2010) 313-318

About Elekta 

Elekta is a human care company pioneering significant innovations and clinical solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders. The company develops sophisticated, state-of-the-art tools and treatment planning systems for radiation therapy, radiosurgery and brachytherapy, as well as workflow enhancing software systems across the spectrum of cancer care. Stretching the boundaries of science and technology, providing intelligent and resource-efficient solutions that offer confidence to both health care providers and patients, Elekta aims to improve, prolong and even save patient lives.

Today, Elekta solutions in oncology and neurosurgery are used in over 6,000 hospitals worldwide. Elekta employs around 3,800 employees globally. The corporate headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the company is listed on the Nordic Exchange under the ticker STO:EKTAB. Website: http://www.elekta.com.

For further information, please contact:
Gert van Santen, Group Vice President Corporate Communications, Elekta AB
Tel: +31-653-561-242, e-mail: gert.vansanten@elekta.com
Time zone: CET: Central European Time

Raven Canzeri, Global Public Relations Manager, Elekta
Tel: +1-770-670-2524, e-mail: raven.canzeri@elekta.com
Time zone: ET: Eastern Time

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