Rouge Valley Centenary hospital (RVC) Volunteer Services recently presented a donation of $85,000 to the Surgical and Oncology program at RVC, to purchase a new Sentinel Node Biopsy Machine.
The primary use of this equipment is for breast cancer patients to determine the progression of the disease. Where the doctor knows the patient has breast cancer, they need to know if it has spread. Due to the fact sterilization time between cases is long, the second machine also allows more procedures to be done each day. And, this unit will have more advanced wireless technology than the current machine.
Sentinel Node Biopsy Equipment is cancer staging technology that is crucial for patient care, and utilizes minimally-invasive surgery. Cancer cells may appear first in the sentinel node before spreading to other lymph nodes and other places in the body. By mapping the Sentinel Lymph Nodes using dyes and radioactive substances, medical staff can identify the first lymph node to which cancer is likely to spread from a primary tumor.
Standard lymph node removal involves surgery to remove most of the lymph nodes in the axilla. But by using Sentinel Lymph Node biopsies, only one or a few sentinel nodes are removed. A Sentinel Lymph Node biopsy may be done on an outpatient basis or require only a short stay in the hospital.
Dr. Tracey Asano was on hand for the presentation on April 15 from the volunteers and thanked the group as well as described how the equipment is used.
These dedicated volunteers in addition to their service duties, also fundraise for Rouge Valley Centenary hospital for priority equipment needs. This past year they have supported the Buy a Bed campaign by being the lead gift, raising funds for 10 beds, and then additional donations to the campaign onve that pledge was completed!
Also, the Volunteers supported the Cardiac Care Program through funding for a portable Echocardiogram machine for the Heart of it All campaign.
As we near Volunteer Week, we celebrate this group by saying thanks for all their efforts to support their local hospital and the Foundation