Healthcare Industry News: Ablatherm
News Release - May 8, 2006
EDAP TMS S.A. Launches Ablatherm-HIFU at the National Cancer Institute, Aviano, ItalyCenter Concludes Ablatherm-HIFU to Be Attractive Choice in First Indication, Salvage Treatments
LYON, France, May 8 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- EDAP TMS S.A. (Nasdaq: EDAP ) announced the launch of Ablatherm-HIFU treatment for localized prostate cancer at the National Cancer Institute, Centro Referimento Oncologico (CRO), in cooperation with Pordenone Hospital in Aviano, Italy. CRO is one of the largest oncology centers in Italy and represents a cooperative approach between radiotherapists, oncologists and urologists in the treatment of prostate cancer. The center will be using the Ablatherm-HIFU unit on EDAP's revenue per procedure (RPP) model.
Ablatherm-HIFU technology was selected after an extensive review of clinical data demonstrating its best-in-class technology and consistent clinical follow-up. During a symposium event at the recent 2006 European Association of Urology Congress in Paris, Professor U. Tirelli of CRO described the reasons for electing to pursue Ablatherm-HIFU as a therapeutic offering. Pr. Tirelli's presentation indicated Ablatherm-HIFU represents a future noninvasive gold-standard in treating non-surgical patients with localized prostate cancer and is possibly today the best solution for salvage treatment of patients suffering a recurrence following radiation failure. The center's evaluations also concluded that Ablatherm-HIFU represented a very safe therapeutic approach without the common side effects observed after surgery and radiation.
Professor Tirelli stated, "Medical oncologists are often seen as arbitrators between surgical and radiotherapy options for patients with localized prostate cancer. Ablatherm-HIFU is a very attractive approach in many cases due to solid results and low side effects as clearly demonstrated in the medical studies done to date. At our cancer institution, both surgeons and radiotherapists are concordant for the introduction of HIFU in the management of our patients with localized, locally advanced and locally recurrent prostate cancer. With more than half of patients diagnosed over the age of 70, which frequently excludes them from surgical options, and additional patients wishing to avoid surgery or radiation, Ablatherm-HIFU represents an important therapeutic tool. Ablatherm-HIFU also now offers a new gold standard in the treatment of patients who failed radiation therapy as it offers a curative approach with strong efficacy and low side effects compared to current therapies. We believe urologists and their patients will be attracted to our center in performing treatment due to this new and uniquely beneficial offering."
"We are pleased to begin offering service at such an important center," said Sergio Pontecorvi, General Manager of EDAP Technomed Italy. "CRO has done an extensive evaluation of HIFU technology and concluded the Ablatherm- HIFU is the strongest device in the treatment of localized prostate cancer due to its extensive clinical experience now stretching over 10 years. We are pleased to learn of their desire to offer Ablatherm-HIFU as a new gold standard in not only non-invasive treatment of localized prostate cancer, but also in the treatment of locally recurrent prostate cancer. By offering Ablatherm-HIFU therapy in their treatment mix, the center at Aviano will be able to attract a larger number of patients seeking its uniquely minimal impact on their quality of life. We believe this desire coupled with the readily accessible revenue per procedure model will allow us to reach a broader number of patients in the future."
About EDAP TMS S.A.
EDAP TMS S.A. develops and markets Ablatherm, the most advanced and clinically proven choice for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) treatment of localized prostate cancer. HIFU treatment is shown to be a minimally invasive and effective treatment option with a low occurrence of side effects. Ablatherm-HIFU is generally recommended for patients with localized prostate cancer (stages T1-T2) who are not candidates for surgery or who prefer an alternative option or patients who failed radiotherapy treatment. The company is also developing this technology for the treatment of certain other types of tumors. EDAP TMS S.A. also produces and commercializes medical equipment for treatment of urinary tract stones using Extra-corporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy (ESWL).
For more information on the Company, contact Halliburton Investor Relations at (972) 458-8000, the Corporate Investor Relations Dept at +33 (0) 4 78 26 40 46 or see the Company's Web sites at http://www.edap-tms.com and http://www.hifu-planet.com .
This press release contains, in addition to historical information, forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These include statements regarding the Company's growth and expansion plans. Such statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, those described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ablatherm-HIFU treatment is in clinical trials but not yet FDA approved or marketed in the United States.
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