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Visit Pyrexar at RSNA 2016 Chicago, Booth 3276

We would like you to join us for the RSNA 102nd Scientific Assembly & Annual Meeting in Chicago.  RSNA (Radiological Society of North America) is the premier radiological show in the world, with more than 435 educational courses, 1,728 scientific paper presentations, and 659 exhibitors.

RSNA 2016 convenes radiology professionals from around the globe to gather knowledge through educational courses, explore the latest innovations presented by technical exhibitors, discover groundbreaking research from scientific paper presentations, and participate in networking opportunities.

The exhibits run Sunday thru Thursday, November 27th - December 1st. From the main entrance of the South Hall A, find your way to the back of the hall, next to the BISTRO food court.  Look for booth 3276.  Click the map for the full listing.

RSNA 2016, McCormick Place, Chicago Convention Center, Nov. 27th - Dec. 1st

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If you would like to reserve some time in advance with one of our experts, submit the link form and we will confirm your appointment time. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

 

Pyrexar Super User Receives Award for Hyperthermia Research

DR. Zeljko VujaskovicZeljko Vujaskovic , MD, PhD, a hyperthermia proponent and Pyrexar Hyperthermia systems “super user”, was presented with the J. Eugene Robinson Award. The award is presented annually to those how have made outstanding contributions to hyperthermic oncology. Dr. Vujaskovic, a professor of radiation oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the director of the Division of Translational Radiation Sciences at the University, is the twenty seventh recipient of this honor.

There has been a resurgence in focus int the field of Thermal Oncology in the past year.  Many researchers are looking at hyperthermia as an effective immune system activator. Not only boosting the effect dose of radiation and increasing the effectiveness of drug delivery, but as a way to keep cancer from returning to those patients who have already battled the disease.

Dr. Vujaskovic was recently a featured speaker at this years Pyrexar Day. His complete presentation is available for review below.

Where is the Evidence that Hyperthermia Works?

If you want irrefutable proof that hyperthermia works, visit the US National Library of Medicine's website PubMed.gov, a division of the National Institute of Health (NIH).  PubMed is a repository of over 26 million citations for biomedical literature.  Using the search bar, type in “hyperthermia cancer treatment” and you will find over 25,000 results.

Too many results than most of us would find useful, so we narrowed down the list.  The link below contains completed randomized trials using hyperthermia as an adjunct to radiation therapy and chemotherapy over the last 30 years.  The studies reveal a higher tumor response when hyperthermia is added over chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy alone.  Several of the studies use Pyrexar Medical equipment or lab built equipment using the same or similar radio frequency energy delivery system.

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So the next time someone challenges you with “where is the evidence that hyperthermia works?”, just send them to evidence.pyrexar.com and let them read it for themselves.

Last Week at ASCO 2016

Last week we exhibited at the ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncologist) Annual meeting held in Chicago.  With an estimated crowd of thirty three thousand, the primary message seemed to be dominated by immunotherapy.  Everyone is looking for that trigger that will activate the immune system so the body will kill its own cancer.

So why was Pyrexar Medical there? Traditionally as an adjunct to radiotherapy and chemotherapy, Hyperthermia has been very effective in shrinking tumors, killing cancer cells, and improving drug delivery.

There is preclinical evidence that heating a cancer tumor initiates a similar immuno-activation response potentially serving as an adjunct to the immunotherapy drugs in development.  The diagram below demonstrates the immunomodulation induced by hyperthermia.

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Preclinical evidence suggests that heating the cancer cells causes cell stress and the release of HSP (heat shock proteins).  One of the roles of HSP it to assist the delivery and integration of Antigens, molecules which induce immune response, to the lymphatic system.  With the information provided by the cancer specific Antigen, the Lymphatic system then produces cancer specific Tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes ( aka T-Cells) with customized receptors that are capable of identifying, targeting and killing the cancer.  Once the T-cells are programmed, heating has an additional benefit of increasing blood flow, speeding up the delivery of the T-cells to the cancer site.

Immunomodulation would explain the long term survival rates as reported in a Phase III Sarcoma study “Neo-adjuvant chemotherapy alone or with regional hyperthermia for localised high-risk soft-tissue sarcoma: a randomised phase 3 multicenter study” by well-known physician Dr. Rolf Issels.  In this dual armed study, half of the Sarcoma patients received chemotherapy (CT) and the other half received chemotherapy + hyperthermia (CT+HT). Sarcoma patients receiving CT+HT not only had significantly increased tumor response, but remained cancer free more than two times longer than those who received chemotherapy alone.  

Heating boosts radiotherapy; heating boosts chemotherapy; it stands to reason, with all we know, that heating will boost Immunotherapy. Certainly a significant benefit for immunotherapy drug makers. Plus, this additional healing boost comes with very little to no ill effects or discomfort.  Watch this short patient treatment testimonial for pancreatic cancer courtesy of ABC News Good4Utah.com

ABC News Report on Hyperthermia - Part 4

In the fourth installment of the 4-part ABC story, we hear from doctors around the world who use hyperthermia as a standard cancer treatment. We ask them why they think the US medical community is behind in this life saving technology.  If you missed part three, you can view it here.

The ABC news team included reporter Nadia Crow, videographer/editor John Eulberg and VP/GM of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Richard Doutrè Jones.  This video is their third installment "Hyperthermia used Outside the US". Follow the story link for a complete transcript.  Video included in this post, courtesy of Good4Utah.com

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ABC News Report on Hyperthermia - Part 3

In the third installment of the 4-part ABC story, we hear from doctors around the world who use hyperthermia as a standard cancer treatment. We ask them why they think the US medical community is behind in this life saving technology.  If you missed part two, you can view it here.

The ABC news team included reporter Nadia Crow, videographer/editor John Eulberg and VP/GM of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Richard Doutrè Jones.  This video is their third installment "Hyperthermia used Outside the US". Follow the story link for a complete transcript.  Video included in this post, courtesy of Good4Utah.com

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ABC News Report on Hyperthermia - Part 2

In the second installment of the 4-part ABC story, we hear from Dr. Curt Heese of Cancer Treatment Centers of America on how hyperthermia is helping a patient with stage IV pancreatic cancer stay alive and thrive, now 18 months after first hyperthermia treatment.  Plus, Pyrexar introduces plans on the next generation image guided hyperthermia system.  Using MRI technology to ensure proper heating temperatures of cancer tumors.  If you missed part one, you can view it here.

The ABC news team included reporter Nadia Crow, videographer/editor John Eulberg and VP/GM of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Richard Doutrè Jones.  This video is their second installment "How Hyperthermia Works". Follow the story link for a complete transcript.  Video included in this post, courtesy of Good4Utah.com.

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ABC News Report on Hyperthermia - Part 1

Four weeks ago, the ABC News department at Salt Lake City's Good4Utah Channel 4 followed us to a Hyperthermia Oncology Conference in New Orleans. The news crew was looking to answer one question, "Why was hyperthermia cancer treatment therapy was so underutilized in the state?" Especially in a state where hyperthermia equipment has been manufacturered for the last 34 years.  Instead of flying around the world, they decided to visit the one place where experts in the field would be gathering, the ICHO.

The ICHO (International Conference for Hyperthermia Oncology) is a quadrennial meeting of the ASHO (Asian Society of Hyperthermic Oncology) the ESHO (European Society of Hyperthermic Oncology) and the STM (Society of Thermal Medicine - USA).  It is a place where experts in the field gather to share studies and challenge one another.  United by one goal, defeat cancer.

The ABC news team included reporter Nadia Crow, videographer/editor John Eulberg and VP/GM of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Richard Doutrè Jones.  This video is their first installment "History of Hyperthermia". Follow the story link for a complete transcript.  Video included in this post, courtesy of Good4Utah.com.

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ABC News Report on Hyperthermia - Promo

Four weeks ago, the ABC News department at Salt Lake City's Good4Utah Channel 4 followed us to a Hyperthermia Oncology Conference in New Orleans. Here is the promo the station aired ahead of the story

The ABC news team included reporter Nadia Crow, videographer/editor John Eulberg and VP/GM of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Richard Doutrè Jones.    Video included in this post, courtesy of Good4Utah.com.

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Pyrexar presents Lifetime Achievement Awards at ICHO

pyrexar award 2016Dr. Gerhard Sennewald, Paul TurnerThe International Congress of Hyperthermic Oncology (ICHO) is a quadrennial event bringing together the annual gatherings of the Society of Thermal Medicine (STM), European Society of Hyperthermic Oncology (ESHO) and the Asian Society of Hyperthermic Oncology (ASHO) to a common venue.  Clinicians and Researchers from around the world gather to share their findings on the effect of hyperthermia (heat) as a weapon in the fight against cancer.

At this event, Pyrexar was honored to present their Lifetime Achievement Award to individuals whose contributions to the field have directly affected the survival of those with life threatening cancer. 

The first recipient of the Pyrexar LTA award is Paul Turner, considered the father of phased array radio frequency hyperthermia.  Holder of multiple patents in the arena of thermal therapy, Paul has been working in the field for almost 40 years and his contributions to cancer therapies are realized in the entire Pyrexar Medical product line.

The second recipient, Gerhard Sennewald, PhD, is the president of Sennewald Medizintechnik GmbH in Munich, Germany.  A long time board member of the former BSD Medical and current Pyrexar Medical.  His relationships with the European cancer treatment community and his team of engineers, are instrumental in the development of Image Guided Thermal Therapy. IGTT uses Magnetic Resonance Imaging to determine tumor core temperature to guide the application of hyperthermia in the treatment of cancer.

"We are so fortunate to have these gentlemen associated with Pyrexar" says Mark Falkowksi, CEO. "Their integrity, focus and passion has given the world a technology that is for the greater good.” We look forward to future contributions toward the development of new, innovative and exciting technologies in the fight against cancer.

Update: Pyrexar Day Speaker Schedule

Pyrexar Day is April 11th, 2016 at this year's ICHO in New Orleans.  We have some last minute updates to our speaker schedule.  We will be hosting a "working lunch" starting at 12:15p.  Looking forward to seeing you at the event.

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Pyrexar Day Event Calendar - April 11, 2016
8:30a - 9:00a Meet and Greet - Refreshments
9:00a - 9:15a Welcome to Pyrexar Day - Mark Falkowski, CEO
9:15a - 10:00a Hyperthermia: A maturing technology moving toward more focused heating - Gerard Van Rhoon, PhD., Erasmus Hospital, Netherlands
10:00a - 10:45a Exploration of BSD-2000 System Applied to Clinical Treatment of Tumors – Dr. Sun Jinghua, Associate Professor, 2nd Affiliated Hospital of Dalian Medical University
10:45a - 11:30p Comprehensive Thermal Oncology Program at the University of Maryland: External, Interstitial and Proton Thermal Therapy - Dr. Zeljko Vujaskovic, University of Maryland Medical Center
11:30p - 12:15p New Product Announcement & Presentation – Jason Ellsworth, VP Pyrexar Medical
12:30p – 1:15p Capacitive vs Phased Array Hyperthermia - Paul Turner, CTO Pyrexar Medical
1:15p – 2:00p

Hyperthermia and Pancreatic Cancer; Adjunct to Radiation, Chemotherapy or Both - Dr. Curt Heese, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Philadelphia

2:00p – 2:45p

Using Chemotherapy plus Hyperthermia for Advanced Liver Cancer - Xiao Shaowen, Associate Chief Physician. Beijing University

2:45p – 3:30p Quality Assurance of MR-Guided Deep Regional Hyperthermia in Children with Cancer – Dr. Ruediger Wessalowski Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany
3:30p – 4:15p Hyperthermia Adjunct to Chemotherapy Sarcoma Study - Dr. Rolf Issels, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
4:15p - 5:00p Hyperthermia with Proton Therapy: The thermoradiobiological basis and the early results from HYPROSAR study – Dr. Niloy Datta, Ksantonsspital Aarau
5:00p - 5:45p  Concepts For Future Deep Phased Array Systems - Paul Turner, CTO Pyrexar Medical
 6:00p  Pyrexar Award Presentation

This event is open to all Conference Attendees at no additional charge.  The event schedule above may change. For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

EVENT LOCATION: Intercontinental Hotel New Orleans, 444 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Pyrexar Celebrates its First Year

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From The Desk of Mark Falkowski, CEO Pyrexar Medical

As Pyrexar Medical celebrates it first anniversary, I reflect on the amazing achievements of the past year.  Our products are being represented in over 50 countries in the world, with many more in line for distribution. Hyperthermia is on the precipice of a cancer fighting revolution.

I want to acknowledge those who have pioneered ahead of us, testing, focusing and perfecting the treatment systems into what we have today.  To those in research for discovering the biology of the immune system that reveals why heating cancer tumors is so successful. To the patient advocates that challenge our medical system in the U.S. by demanding hyperthermia. And to the doctors, all over the world, that reach out for new, better and more effective ways to treat cancer.

And most importantly, I want to thank the Pyrexar Team for sharing this same vision. I recall a Confucius quote “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” We all realize that every system that ships out of this facility is changing the life of a patient and a family.  I am proud to know we have built a company where we can make a difference.

The world is beginning to embracing the technology of heat and we will continue to prove... Thermal Therapy Works.  Immunology is our next frontier.

 

CE•lebration at Pyrexar

CE Celebration

The Pyrexar team is celebrating their new ISO 13485 Certification and CE re-certification today. ISO 13485 represents the requirements for a comprehensive quality management system for the design and manufacture of medical devices.  The ISO standard is also a required compliance to do business in the European Union. The CE mark,  a mandatory conformity marking for products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA) since 1985, allows Pyrexar to ship medical devices to any of the 27 Member States of the EU.  Much like the FDA clearance in the U.S., the CE mark is well respected and plays a key role in acceptance with regulatory agencies of other nations.

New Speakers Added to Pyrexar Day Schedule

We are proud to announce two new additions to the ICHO/Pyrexar Day event calendar.

Curt HeeseDr. Curt Heese, board-certified radiation oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Philadelphia. Dr. Heese will be sharing his experiences using Pyrexar Hyperthermia systems as an adjunct therapy to treat pancreatic cancer.

 

 

Niloy DattaDr. Niloy Datta, oncologist and prolific researcher in the field of hyperthermia at Kantonspital Aarau AG, Aarau, Switzerland.  Dr. Niloy Data will be sharing early results from a multi-institutional phaseI/II clincal study "Hyperthermia and Proton Therapy in Unresectable Soft Tissue Sarcoma (HYPROSAR).

Our goal is to make hyperthermia the "standard of care" in the treatment of cancer.  Please join us in spreading the word.

 

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The Pyrexar Blog is an Opinion Editorial written by Drew Wilkens, Vice President of Digital Content Marketing. We strive to provide factual information and rebuttal or corrections are welcome. Please send your comments to marketing@pyrexar.com