BSD Medical is Now Pyrexar Medical

The complete line of BSD Hyperthermia products are availble thru Pyrexar Medical

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The University Hospital Campus Bio-Medico Rome announced the opening of its new thermal oncology unit with the acquisition of two new Linacs and two new hyperthermia treatment systems.  The hospital chose the Pyrexar BSD-500 Superficial/Interstitial System and a BSD-2000 Deep Regional Hyperthermia System to improve cancer treatment. In an article published in the Corriere Della Sera, the hospital shared the following reasons for investing in hyperthermia, a vital cancer treatment technology.

  • tumor oxygenation
  • inhibition of DNA repair
  • anti-tumor immune response
  • enhanced efficacy
  • low toxicity
  • painless and non-invasive

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A special thanks to our distributor, Tema Sinergie, for their excellent representation and continuing efforts in expanding hyperthermia throughout Italy.

 

PTCOG NA crowd

Pyrexar Medical exhibited at the PTCOG-NA (Particle Therapy Cooperative Group - North America) held at the Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida. 

PTCOG NA proton system

The conference organizers invited Dr. Zeljko Vujaskovic, Director of the Division of Translational Radiation Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine, to be a featured speaker at the event.  Dr. Vujaskovic presented "Hyperthermia and Protons: Is This the Safe Way to Get the 'Carbon Effect'?" which included some clinical results from the dual therapy. Dr. Vujaskovic and his team at the UMMC have been treating patients with combined hyperthermia and proton beam since the center opened in 2015. The hospital treats patients with the BSD-500 Superficial/Interstitial and the BSD-2000 Deep Regional Hyperthermia System along with protons with great success. His colleague, Dr. J.D. Snider, presented "Concurrent Pencil Beam Scanning Proton Therapy and Hyperthermia: Growing Experience with Promising Results."

PTCOG NA booth all(L to R) Dr. Gerhard Sennewald, Dr. Sennewald Medizintechnik; Mark Falkowski, CEO and Mark Kidd, VP Sales and Business Development; Pyrexar Medical

Adding hyperthermia to proton therapy is not new. A BSD-2000 Deep Regional Hyperthermia System located at Kantonsspital Aarau, Switzerland, has established protocols for the combined treatment with excellent outcomes. But the hyperthermia suite and the proton center are a 30-minute drive apart.  Therapeutic results can undoubtedly be achieved within the dual therapies recommended target window, but for obvious reasons, this can be a deterrent in best practice and clinical testing. Now with the world's first proton therapy and hyperthermia in the same center (See Hyperthermia + Proton Beam, Now in the US), there are more significant opportunities for clinical research.

 

There have been a lot of firsts at the Maryland Proton Center. First Proton Center in the region; First center to offer both Hyperthermia + Protons at the same facility, and now they are experiencing another First by treating their 2000th patient!

 

In their press release, the University states that "just three years after opening its doors, the Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC) has reached a major milestone by treating its 2,000th patient. MPTC is the first proton treatment center to open in the District/Maryland/Virginia region. It is also the only treatment center in the world that offers both proton and thermal therapies in one facility". See the complete press release.

A key figure in the success of the thermal oncology department, Dr. Zeljko Vujaskovic, not only advocates for patients under his care; but continues to share his knowledge, research, and advancements in thermal oncology as he travels the globe as a featured speaker at medical conferences. For Pyrexar Medical, it is a privilege to be associated with such a distinguished group of professionals, researchers, and practitioners of thermal oncology.

Take a Virtual Tour of the BSD-2000

 

Take a virtual visit to the Thermal Oncology department at the University of Maryland and the BSD-2000 Deep Regional Hyperthermia System. [Note: Hold down the mouse key to move the camera, click to move around the room and use the mouse wheel to zoom

Last week we attended the CME accredited educational program offered by the University of Maryland, School of Thermal Oncology held at the Maryland Proton Center.

The course drew an international crowd, including physicians from South Korea, Poland, and Japan, as well as prominent cancer centers here in the U.S. From the feedback we received, and this was a five-star educational program, valuable to any member of a thermal oncology team.  Topics covered all aspects of practice management, patient treatment, physics, and workflow. Practice managers shared how adding thermal oncology to their services increased overall service revenue by over 19%.  This information is essential for centers that would like to add hyperthermia systems but require cost justification to receive purchase approval.

Based on the higher than expected turnout and the response from the participants, we hope this to be offered again in 2020.

Pyrexar Medical continues to support educational outreach from organizations like the University of Maryland, Society of Thermal Medicine, European Society for Hyperthermic Oncology, and similar institutions who strive to move forward hyperthermia research in the treatment of cancer. The CME course outline can be found here.