The Cayman Islands Cancer Society has donated a biopsy machine that can help detect cancerous tumors to Health Services Authority.
With the CUROS Vacuum Assisted Biopsy machine, patients can have an ultrasound and biopsy performed at the same time. The machine also provides a less invasive way to take biopsies of any tumor that is visible to the eye and when used for breast tumor biopsies does not leave the breast disfigured.
Since the machine was first introduced two months ago, it has been used to perform 12 biopsies. In three of those cases, the patient was diagnosed with cancer. The machine allows for faster turnaround between sampling and results, leading to earlier diagnosis, according to the Health Services Authority.
“The teamwork between the Health Services Authority and the Cancer Society has proven to making the process at the Cayman Islands HSA more efficient,” said Dr. Elaine Bogle-Taylor, radiologist at the hospital, in a press release.
The machine uses a needle that is inserted under the tumor. The needle makes an incision and takes a biopsy of the tumor or lump. When the needle is moved around, it takes multiple samples. In some cases, the biopsy can remove the entire tumor. From the initial visit to receiving the results, the process can take about two weeks, according to the HSA.
The cost of the CVAB machine was $55,065, which was paid for by the Cancer Society with funds from the Cancer Care Fund. Since the fund was established, the Cancer Society has been able to donate a camera, a microscope, wet prep set-up for PAP smear examinations and now the donation of the biopsy machine.
“The Health Services Authority identifies specific cancer-related equipment that is a priority to improving healthcare and when the equipment is necessary, funds from the Cancer Care Fund can be used to make those purchases.” Dr. Bogle-Taylor said.
In 2006, the Cancer Society raised funds to form the Cancer Care Fund, which brought the first digital mammogram machine in the Caribbean to the HSA.
Every time a mammogram is performed, a portion of the medical fee is put towards the Cancer Care Fund.
The machine allows for patients to have an ultrasound and biopsy performed at the same time.