By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Pharma Business Week -- RaySearch and Eckert & Ziegler BEBIG, a leading European supplier of brachytherapy products, have signed a partnership agreement. Both the RayStation® treatment planning system and the RayCare* oncology information system will be integrated* with the Eckert & Ziegler BEBIG brachytherapy systems (see also RaySearch Laboratories).
This will allow Eckert & Ziegler BEBIG to offer a complete brachytherapy solution, including treatment devices, treatment planning and oncology information management. The cooperation is in line with RaySearch's aim to support as many treatment systems and approaches as possible.
Brachytherapy is a radiation therapy technique in which a small radioactive implant is inserted into the patient's tissue, directly into the tumor or close to it. The implant may be temporary or permanent. Using implants makes it possible to deliver a higher dose of radiation to a smaller area than may possible with other forms of radiation therapy, thus minimizing damage to surrounding tissue and organs. Brachytherapy is most commonly used in treating prostate cancer but can be applied to many other areas, including cancers of the brain, eye, lung and skin.
Dr. Harald Hasselmann, CEO of Eckert & Ziegler BEBIG, says: "We are very happy about the partnership with RaySearch, which promises a pathway to better integration of brachytherapy into modern radiation therapy workflows. Brachytherapy can significantly improve treatment outcome, either as a single treatment method or in combination with other therapies. Integration is key for future optimization, and this partnership is an important step forward."
Johan Lof, CEO of RaySearch, says: "It is exciting to enter into this new treatment area for RayStation and RayCare. Brachytherapy is a highly accurate technique, and the capabilities of our software will bring a new dimension to treatment. We have an excellent partner in Eckert & Ziegler BEBIG, a leading brachytherapy innovator with an excellent product portfolio, and I look forward to a successful collaboration."
Keywords for this news article include: Pharmaceuticals, Business, Radiotherapy, Brachytherapy, Radiation Therapy, Drugs and Therapies, Health and Medicine, RaySearch Laboratories.
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