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Bougainvillea Clinic has announced that on January 6, a team of doctors and supportive personnel successfully carried out a Radioactive Seed Implantation (known as Brachytherapy) procedure for the treatment of early stage prostate cancer.
"This was the first time that this treatment for prostate cancer has been performed in the BVI," the private hospital stated.
Three patients, two from the BVI and one from a neighbouring island underwent the procedure, which was done as an outpatient procedure.
The procedure lasted about 1 hour and 20 minutes each, and the patients were all discharged home a few hours after completion of the implantation.
"All three patients expressed satisfaction with the fact that this service could be performed here in BVI, at home for the BVI patients and close to home for the other."
Dr. Dwayne Thwaites, Urologic Surgeon who covers several of the Leeward Islands, sees patients with problems related to the prostate, bladder, kidneys and other parts of the urinary and genital system at Bougainvillea Clinic.
With Dr. Thwaites, the Bougainvillea Clinic was able to arrange for a team of radiation therapy specialists from 21st Century Oncology Inc. in Florida, USA, to come to BVI to perform this complex treatment at the clinic.
The team was led by Dr. Christopher Chen MD, Radiation Oncologist, supported by a radiation physicist, a radiation therapist and administrative personnel.
General anesthesia was given by Dr. Craig Stoutt, thus ensuring that the patients felt no pain during the procedure.