Varian Holds First Clinical Workshop at New Algeria Facility

Varian Medical Systems has announced that it has begun holding its first education workshop for radiotherapy practitioners from across Algeria. Clinical teams from seven regional hospitals are attending the clinical workshop, which is focused on advanced prostate and head and neck treatment techniques.

“Varian is proud to meet our commitment to the Algerian Ministry of Health and the country’s clinical community by commencing training programs at our new national hub,” said Fouad Rahal, managing director of Varian Medical Systems Algeria SPA. “These educational programs will help train clinicians on the use of Varian technology to deliver advanced radiotherapy for the benefit of Algerian cancer patients.”

Varian’s educational specialists are being supported during the three-day workshop by Professor Philippe Maingon from the Hôpital Universitaire La Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris and Dr. Lysian Cartier from the Institut Sainte Catherine in Avignon. Both of these cancer centers use Varian equipment and software for delivering cancer treatments.

“The incidence of cancer is unfortunately growing rapidly in Africa and has become one of the continent’s top health care concerns,” Nabil Romanos, Varian’s vice president of Middle East, Africa and Emerging Markets, said. “Radiotherapy plays a vital and cost-effective role in treating cancer and we are committed to making it available to more patients across the continent. Increasing the levels of clinical education and training throughout Algeria and the region is one of the keys to success. We have already trained many African clinicians at our Access to Care hub in South Africa.”

The first Varian linear accelerator was installed in Algeria over 20 years ago and the company now has 30 systems operating across the country. In 2014, Varian announced that it had entered into an agreement with the Algerian Ministry of Health to equip six cancer treatment centers with advanced technology for radiotherapy and radiosurgery. The first six of these systems, including advanced TrueBeam treatment devices, were installed earlier this year.