Varian Medical Systems Launches 'Dear Cancer' Letter Writing Campaign to Inspire Cancer Patients, Survivors, and Their Loved Ones

Friday, September 5, 2008 General News
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These words are from one of hundreds of letters to cancer now posted on anew website, created by Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) as part of a "DearCancer" letter writing campaign to inspire patients, families and friends tobeat the disease. Launched this week, the site, at, is a place where patients, family members,survivors, and friends can post messages expressing feelings of hope,inspiration, and determination to prevail in the battle against cancer.

Varian, the world's leading supplier of radiotherapy products for treatingcancer, will donate $10 to the American Cancer Society for every "Dear Cancer"letter that is posted on the website, up to $100,000.

"Inspiration plays a big role in the fight against cancer," says TimGuertin, president and CEO of Varian. "As a company committed to helpingpeople beat cancer, we are continually inspired by patients as well as by thedoctors who use our technology to help them.

"Cancer is personal. It has touched virtually every one of us," addsGuertin. "We launched the Dear Cancer campaign and website to provide a forumwhere people can share inspiration with one another, and contribute to thefighting spirit of those who are battling cancer. All people whose lives havebeen touched are welcome and encouraged to contribute a letter."

In the United States this year, doctors will diagnose over 1,400,000 newcancer cases. People diagnosed today, however, have much more reason to hopethan people who battled cancer just 20 years ago. According to the AmericanCancer Society, death rates from cancer in the United States have decreased by18.4 percent among men and by 10.5 percent among women since mortality ratesbegan to decline in the early 1990s, which translates to the avoidance of morethan half a million cancer deaths (534,500) in the United States. "Thisachievement has been made possible by technological advances in the medicalworld with the support of many committed people in companies including VarianMedical Systems," Guertin said.

"In the last two decades, Varian has introduced a host of advances thatimproved the accuracy and effectiveness of radiation therapy for cancer, rightup to our newest innovation, RapidArc(TM) radiotherapy technology, which isrolling out across the country as we speak," says Dow Wilson, president ofVarian's Oncology Systems group. "While many factors have contributed toimproved rates of survival, including earlier detection, we are proud of thecontribution our efforts have made to increasing the chances of beating thisdisease."

About Varian Medical Systems

Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, is the world'sleading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer andother medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy, andbrachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managingcomprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncologypractices. Varian is a premier supplier of tubes and digital detectors forX-ray imaging in medical, scientific, and industrial applications and alsosupplies X-ray imaging products for cargo screening and industrial inspection.Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 4,800 people who are located atmanufacturing sites in North America and Europe and in its 60 sales andsupport offices around the world. For more information, visit


Meryl Ginsberg, Varian Medical Systems

650-424-6444 or meryl.ginsberg@varian.comPALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- "Dear Cancer: You took my mom, but I'm not going to let you get away with it. I've joined the fight against you. We're gaining ground on you every day and we're going to win. That's all there is to it. Give up, Cancer! Because we're not going to stop."

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