Vidant Medical Center celebrates 2,000 Gamma Knife procedures

Published 1:22 pm Saturday, April 24, 2021

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Vidant Health has announced it has recently performed 2,000 Gamma Knife® procedures at Vidant Medical Center (VMC), “marking an important milestone in Vidant’s journey to provide state-of-the-art cancer care to those living in eastern North Carolina,” stated a Vidant press release.

“I am incredibly proud of this important milestone in Vidant’s collective work to realize a life without cancer,” said Dr. Stuart Lee, chief, division of neurosurgery, Vidant Health and medical director of The Gamma Knife Center, Vidant Medical Center. “Our teams work passionately to support those battling cancer. Those across our region can access advanced technology close to home, which reduces the need to travel elsewhere to receive treatment. By performing 2,000 Gamma Knife® procedures, we are delivering on our mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina.”

The Gamma Knife® at VMC is one of only two in North Carolina and the newest version, the Gamma Knife®Icon, was installed in 2018. “The Gamma Knife® works by destroying cells so they do not grow, which shrinks the size of brain tumors over time,” stated the release. “This technology offers quick recovery time and can be done in an outpatient setting, preventing the need for hospitalization. Gamma Knife® also provides convenience by requiring minimal follow-up procedures, reducing barriers of travel for the patient.”

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“On behalf of Vidant Cancer Care, I want to express my sincere gratitude to Dr. Lee and his team,” said Chris Wood, senior administrator, Vidant Cancer Care. “Nearly all of us are impacted in some way by cancer, whether it’s through our own personal experiences, or the experiences of a loved one. Dr. Lee and his team are an important part of how Vidant Cancer Care provides for those we love and serve who are battling cancer.”



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