January 13, 2015 08:15 ET

IsoRay's Cesium-131 Therapy Takes Center Stage at Russia's Neftyanik Hospital a Center of Excellence Providing Cutting Edge Cancer Treatments

Leading Russian Cancer Specialists Dr. Zyryanov and Dr. Oschepkov Performed the First Cesium Prostate Implants at Neftyanik Hospital in the City of Tyumen

RICHLAND, WA--(Marketwired - Jan 13, 2015) - IsoRay Inc. (NYSE MKT: ISR), a medical technology company and innovator in brachytherapy and medical isotope applications, today announced that Urologist Alexander Zyryanov M.D. Ph.D. and Radiation Oncologist Vasilii Oschepkov M.D. Ph.D. performed the first cases of Cesium-131 implantation for the treatment of prostate cancer on the European continent.

The prostate cancer treatments took place at Neftyanik Hospital in the city of Tyumen, Russian Federation. The Neftyanik Hospital is a rapidly evolving, multi-specialty facility developing cutting-edge programs for cancer treatment, transplantation medicine and the treatment of neurological disease, among other medical necessities.

IsoRay Chairman and CEO Dwight Babcock commented, "Convincing data continue to accrue in the United States from multiple centers describing the outstanding performance of cesium-131 brachytherapy in cancer treatment. We feel that this data will spur interest from physicians inside and outside the U.S. who feel strongly about offering highly effective, low impact cancer treatment to their patients. We are honored to have been asked to participate in this major launch as medical leaders strive to provide the Russian people with the newest advancements in cancer care."

He continued: "MedikorPharma-Ural LLC, our Russian distributor, has done an outstanding job in paving the way for us into the treatment of prostate cancer in Russia. We are looking forward to branching out and offering our other treatments -- including those for brain, lung and gynecologic cancers -- in Russia." 

Dr. Ivan Popov, CEO of the Neftyanik Hospital, made clear that the availability of Cesium-131 in the Russian Federation offered real hope to Russian patients. "We plan to make our facility the prominent cancer treatment facility in the region," he said. "The advantages of Cesium-131 therapy will assist us in reaching our objective."

Dozens of health professionals witnessed the first two implants in an auditorium via closed circuit video feed from a state-of-the art surgical suite equipped with the latest ultrasound and planning technology. 

Dr. Zyryanov, an accomplished urologic surgeon and principal in the American Russian Cancer Alliance (ARCA), stated that "Cesium-131 has been shown to represent a real advancement in the treatment of prostate cancer. We feel that providing Cesium-131 therapy to our prostate cancer patients represents a significant advancement in cancer care, especially where high risk prostate cancer is concerned."

Dr. Oschepkov added, "Results reported from the U.S. studies offer strong evidence that Cesium-131 brachytherapy specialty provides a novel and highly effective treatment for prostate, lung and brain cancers. We plan to explore these exciting new options in the Russian Federation.

IsoRay is the exclusive manufacturer of Cesium-131. The pioneering brachytherapy therapy is one of the most significant advances in internal radiation therapy in 20 years. Cesium-131 allows for the precise treatment of many different cancers because of its unrivaled blend of high energy and its 9.7 day half-life (its unequaled speed in giving off therapeutic radiation).

In addition to its CMS codes, Cesium-131 is FDA-cleared and holds a CE mark for international sales in seed form for the treatment of brain cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, ocular melanoma cancer, colorectal cancer, gynecologic cancer, head and neck cancer and other cancers throughout the body. The treatment can be deployed using several delivery methods including single seed applicators, implantable strands and seed sutured mesh. IsoRay also sells several new implantable devices, including the GliaSite® radiation therapy system. 

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