UW Health announces ‘game-changing’ new plan for cancer radiation

A rendering of a new radiation therapy device, developed by Middleton-based Leo Cancer Care, that allows patients to receive radiation while sitting upright.  UW Health will become the first in the world to use the technology starting in 2024.

A new, more effective option for radiation therapy is coming for cancer patients at UW Health, one that experts hope will not only make treatment more affordable, but also more empowering for patients.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison affiliated health system announced Tuesday it has struck a deal with Leo Cancer Care, a Middleton-based medical products company, to be the first medical center in the world to use the company’s new radiation device.

The device, dubbed “Marie” in honor of pioneer radiotherapy and Nobel Prize-winner Marie Curie, allows patients to receive radiation treatment while sitting upright, instead of the usual way of lying flat on their backs. And, instead of rotating hundreds of tons of metal around the patient to deliver the radiation beams, Marie rotates the patients, turning their bodies to the precise angle at which the radiation needs to be delivered to treat the person’s cancer.