Instituto Oncologico del Oriente Boliviano in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, has installed Varian’s Clinac iX medical linear accelerator, which helps to increase access to radiotherapy for cancer treatment worldwide. Initial patient treatments began in August.

The Clinac iX system is designed to provide a wide range of imaging and patient treatment options, such as advanced treatments including intensity-modulated radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy, and stereotactic radiosurgery. The institute will also use Varian Eclipse treatment planning software and Aria information management to manage, plan, and deliver treatment to patients.

“With the installation of the Clinac iX and the Varian software, we are now able to quickly deliver much needed cancer care treatment to a greater number of patients in Bolivia,” says Oliver Pinto, MD, head of radiation therapy at Instituto Oncologico del Oriente Boliviano.

Chris Toth, Varian’s president of oncology systems for the Americas, also spoke out about the installation, saying: “As was outlined in the Lancet Oncology Commission report in 2015, a lack of investment in radiotherapy services in the past has severely limited access to radiotherapy treatments worldwide.” He adds: “We are proud to be working with Instituto Oncologico del Oriente Boliviano, and making this advanced cancer fighting treatment available to a wider range of patients in Bolivia.”

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