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Bougainvillea hosts first VI’s medical tourist

-successfully completes ‘cutting edge’ surgery on Tortola
The procedure conducted at the Bougainvillea Clinic, lasts between 60-90 minutes and the patients were all discharged to go home a few hours after completion of the implantation. Photo: Provided
Four of the men treated by the team at the Clinic, were resident in the VI while the other came as a “medical tourist from overseas.” Photo: Provided
Four of the men treated by the team at the Clinic, were resident in the VI while the other came as a “medical tourist from overseas.” Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI –Bougainvillea Clinic, a private hospital in Capital City, Road Town, continues to raise the standard of health care in the Virgin Islands (VI) having completed recently, five Radiation Seed Implant surgeries, to treat early prostate cancer.

Four of the men treated by the Clinic were resident in the VI while the other came as a “medical tourist from overseas.”

Bougainvillea Clinic’s, Medical Director, Dr Heskith A. Vanterpool, made the announcement on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, and reminded that the VI,” like in the rest of the Caribbean, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men of all races, particular among men of African descent.”

21st Century Oncology

It was noted that the first time that this procedure of Radioactive Seed Implantation (known as Brachytherapy) was done in VI was on January 6, 2017, at the Bougainvillea Clinic, when a team of doctors and supportive personnel led by Dr Dwayne Thwaites, successfully carried out the procedure on three patients, who continue to do well .

The procedure lasts between 60-90 minutes and the patients were all discharged to go home a few hours after completion of the implantation.

According to the information released, it was Dr Thwaites, who again arranged for a team of radiation therapy specialists from 21st Century Oncology Inc, of Florida in the United States of America (USA), to travel to VI to perform the complex treatment procedure at the clinic.

The team was again led by Dr Christopher Chen MD, Radiation Oncologist, supported by a radiation physicist, a radiation therapist and administrative personnel.

7 Responses to “Bougainvillea hosts first VI’s medical tourist”

  • ... (29/08/2018, 11:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is good stuff big ups
  • What’s up Doc? (29/08/2018, 12:14) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about immuno therapy? From what I’ve read it is more beneficial than radiation/chemo therapy for fighting tumors. Help the natural immune system identify and attack the cancer cells before they mutate and have dna to avoid radiation. Good news though that the cost for the medical tourist (unknown where he came from) was not prohibitive enough to access this treatment and my thoughts are with these men as they battle this devastating male cancer.
  • Impressed (29/08/2018, 13:18) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Tell the BVI tourist board. They always like to send visitors inside people's spaces....tee hee.
  • safe (29/08/2018, 19:28) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    What about spiritual therapy? Chants, prayers and and spells, saves a soul from hell. It can also fight cancer too!
  • island man (30/08/2018, 08:56) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I was told that this place takes 2 weeks for an appointment on MRI. Can someone explain why such medical importance takes so long?
    Its time for the health care of the BVI in general take complains serious and with urgency.
    Don't you thing so Dr. Vanterpool?
  • TORTOLIAN (30/08/2018, 17:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Over the past few weeks I notice a huge change in the service at the clinic itself, the people have a nice aura about them and I really think they truly care, and they smile and took time with me. When I went back into work I was telling my coworkers about the clinic and one of them said they Notice the same thing too, so whatever you all are doing keep it up, it's a pleasure to see how a clinic in these parts can be operating like Switzerland. Now the government employees need to go to the clinic and pick up something to learn from
  • ... (06/09/2018, 04:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    good I like Bougainvillea ALL THE WAY


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