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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

In the last few weeks, Pyrexar products were presented at conferences in Warsaw, Poland; Miami, Florida; Barcelona, Spain; and Münster, Germany.  So thankful for our global partners' efforts to educate oncologists and physicists on the benefits of hyperthermia in the treatment of cancer. We wanted to share a few images of these events with you.

ESHO - Warsaw, Poland

 

Pyrexar ESHO Award

2019 Pyrexar ESHO Award

The ESHO-Pyrexar Award, presented by Dr. Sennewald Medizintechnik Gmbh, is awarded annually for outstanding contributions to hyperthermic oncology, education, and scientific achievement. This year's recipient is Prof. Dr. med. Lars Lindner.  Dr. Lindner is a respected thermal oncologist and researcher, well known for the landmark study "Effect of Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Plus Regional Hyperthermia on Long-term Outcomes Among Patients With Localized High-Risk Soft Tissue Sarcoma" published in Jama earlier this year.  We congratulate him and his team for their contributions to thermal medicine. More information about ESHO (European Society for Hyperthermic Oncology) can be found here.


SEOR - Barcelona, Spain

Pyrexar at SEOR 2019

Pyrexar's first time at the SEOR (Spanish Society of Radiation Oncology) in Spain, represented by our distributor Magna Medic Systems based in Málaga, Spain.  The organization has been making tremendous strides in the introduction of hyperthermia to oncologists in the region.


DEGRO - Münster, Germany

Pyrexar represented at the DEGRO 2019

Our distribution partner, Dr. Sennewald Medizintechnik Gmb, was a silver sponsor at DEGRO (German Society of Radiation Oncology) and held a lunch symposium focused on reimbursement issues in Germany.


ABS - Miami Florida

Pyrexar Medical exhibiting at the ABS 2019

Pyrexar's first engagement at the ABS (American Brachytherapy Society).  Our goal is to demonstrate that adding hyperthermia as an adjunct to brachytherapy boosted the effectiveness of this radiotherapy treatment without interrupting workflow. It was an excellent show, and we will be back next year.

Pyrexar will be exhibiting at this year's ABS (American Brachytherapy Society) annual meeting in Miami, Florida. The conference held at the Intercontinental Miami hotel, June 13th through the 15th.

Pyrexar exhibits at the American Brachytherapy Society annual meeting miami florida

This is our first time exhibiting at the conference, and we believe we have a compelling solution to offer. HDR (high dose rate) brachytherapy and hyperthermia share some of the same market challenges. The bottom line is that brachytherapy plus hyperthermia improve cancer patient outcomes.

Like hyperthermia, brachytherapy is a sub-specialty that requires a specific skill set to treat patients. And like hyperthermia, brachytherapy is known to produce increased tumor control without an increase in toxicity. Product planning for hyperthermia is very similar, and the system utilizes the existing brachy catheters placed during HDR.

This month the 33rd Annual Meeting of the European Society for Hyperthermic Oncology (ESHO 2019) will be held in Warsaw, Poland, at the Warsaw Plaza Hotel, on May 22 - 24, 2019. The conference invites thermal oncology professionals with extensive clinical and scientific experience to share their expertise in the field.

ESHO 2019 Warsaw, PolandPyrexar Medical is represented by our European distribution partner Dr. Sennewald Medizintechnik and Poland distributor HT Systems.

Pyrexar Represented by:

Dr. Sennewald Medizintechnik Hyperthermia medical device company HT systems Hyperthermia medical device company

 The conference includes over 58 presentations by leading hyperthermia experts. Highlights below:

MR thermometry validation and modeling of a 915 MHz annular phased-array in brain phantoms Paul Turner
A meta-analysis of clinical trials with hyperthermia Niloy Datta
Protons and hyperthermia: early clinical results Zeljko Vujaskovic
Building an international forum to boost hyperthermic research Stephan Bodis
Quality assurance guidelines for hyperthermia H. Dobsicek Trefna
Quality assurance assessment: are commercial MR-guided deep-pelvic hyperthermia devices ready for a large clinical trial? Sergio Curto
QA techniques for radiative deep hyperthermia systems: benefits and limitations of 1D, 2D, and 3D techniques Gerard van Rhoon
Combined interstitial radiotherapy with interstitial hyperthermia Andrzej Kukielka
Thermochemoradiotherapy for locally advanced pancreatic cancers: A pilot study Niloy Datta
Radiotherapy in combination with regional Hyperthermia for Salvage Treatment in refractory Childhood Cancer Rudiger Wessalowski
Full program available here.

A special thanks to the 2019 ESHO committee for organizing this year's event and to the Maria Sklodowska-Curie Institute — Oncology Center for hosting the hyperthermia workshops.