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Wine Women and Woods Tee off for the Cure Raises $101,000 for Breast Cancer
Jun

15

2017

Wine Women and Woods Tee off for the Cure Raises $101,000 for Breast Cancer

VJH is getting a new Gamma Probe System to detect mutated cells and tumours in the breast, thanks to the Wine, Women & Woods Tee off for the Cure golf tournament held at Predator Ridge June 11 and 12.
The event raised $101,000 for VJH Foundation to purchase the equipment.
The Gamma Probe technology is based on the injection of radio‐ pharmaceuticals that emit gamma or beta rays. Surgeons use probes, handheld devices, to locate and map sentinel lymph nodes, small non‐palpable breast lesions and cancerous tissues that accumulate the radio‐pharmaceuticals.
A gamma detector has been compared to a metal detector at the beach, the higher the beeping gets and the louder it gets in the operating room, the more likely that the correct lymph node has been found.
VJH currently has one device which limits the ability to perform concurrent specialized procedures within our OR. The current equipment has become severely outdated by today’s standards of service delivery.
Replacement and the upgrade of this piece of equipment is critical because yearly the Hospital’s general surgeons completed about 100 mastectomy or breast related procedures that required the use of a gamma detection probe.
Many thanks to the organizers, sponsors and participants for their dedication!

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