Elekta’s Versa HD radiation therapy system now available for treatment of cancer patients in Japan
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Linear accelerator receives clearance from country’s Ministry of Health, Labor
TOKYO, Japan, September 2, 2014 – Cancer care providers in Japan have the
opportunity to strengthen their cancer treatment capacity with the recent
clearance of Elekta’s Versa HD™ by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and
Welfare. Versa HD is an advanced radiation treatment system designed to enhance
the management of cancer care and treat a broad spectrum of tumors throughout
the body. In a single system, Versa HD is capable of delivering conventional
therapies for a wide range of indications commonly seen in the clinic, while
also permitting treatment of complex cancers that require exceptional targeting
The clearance of Versa HD in Japan follows CE marking of the system from the
European Union and 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) in 2013.
An official report* put the number of cancer deaths in 2012 in Japan at
approximately 361,000, with the number of male cancer deaths 1.5 times greater
than female cancer deaths. Lung cancer was the most prevalent for men at 24
percent, followed by stomach (15 percent), colorectal (12 percent), liver (9.3
percent) and pancreas (7.2 percent). Among women, the most common cancer was
colorectal at 15 percent, followed by lung (13.8 percent), stomach (11.6
percent), pancreas (10 percent) and breast (8.6 percent).
“The Ministry’s clearance of Versa HD is an important step in addressing serious
increases in cancer incidences and deaths in Japan,” says Shuichi Higaki,
President and Managing Director, Elekta Japan. “With its high precision beam
shaping and tumor targeting technologies – in addition to three times higher
dose rate delivery than our previous treatment systems – Versa HD offers
patients in Japan the chance for a better outcome.”
Learn more at www.VersaHD.com.
*Cancer Statistics in Japan –
stics_2013.pdf). Foundation for Promotion of Cancer Research (FPCR)
Versa HD is not for sale or distribution in all markets.
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