Saskatchewan Cancer Agency using new treatment for brain tumours

The Saskatchewan Cancer Agency says it is the first in Canada to use a new treatment for brain tumours.

The agency said the new tool for treating metastatic brain cancer — the HyperArc stereotactic radiosurgery system — is an important milestone in cancer care.

“Introducing HyperArc to our radiotherapy treatment options means that patients can receive world-class treatment closer to home,” Dr. Jon Tonita, president and CEO of the SCA, said in a statement Thursday.

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HyperArc delivers precisely-targeted radiation in fewer high-dose treatments than in traditional therapy.

The SCA said doing so can reduce side effects and can help preserve healthy brain tissue.

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Dr. Gavin Cranmer-Sargison, the SCA’s director of medical physics, said radiosurgery is evolving rapidly.

“Providing patients with the most modern treatment available today is exciting and will lead to better outcomes and better quality of life for our patients with metastatic brain cancer,” Cranmer-Sargison said.

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A Varian HyperArc system was installed at the Allan Blair Cancer Centre in Regina earlier this year.

The Ministry of Health provided $3.5-million in funding for the purchase.

“Our government is committed to funding leading-edge technology to help improve health outcomes for patients being treated at the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. The benefit to Saskatchewan residents is priceless,” said Saskatchewan Health Minister Paul Merriman.

“Congratulations to the employees at the Agency for their hard work in implementing this new life-saving technology.”

The SCA said it will be rolling out HyperArc technology at the Saskatoon Cancer Centre later in the year.

The agency estimates more than half of all radiosurgery patients each year will benefit from HyperArc treatment.

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