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Islanders and Tourists with Brain Cancer to Benefit from Hawaiian Center's Installment of Elekta's Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion
Date:8/16/2010

ging and better screening—which result in earlier detection and diagnosis," says Dr. Nicholson. "With new treatments, people who are diagnosed with cancer live longer; therefore, there is a greater chance of developing metastases."

With Perfexion, the center's staff of eight neurosurgeons, five radiation oncologists and one physicist is well equipped to handle increasing demand. "With the new system, we could easily double the number of patients we're treating."

For "medical tourism," few venues beat Hawaii

Pragmatic patients with cancer are increasingly combining needed therapy with vacations in popular destinations, a trend known as medical tourism. Gamma Knife surgery is usually a single-day procedure with no specific convalescence associated with it, making this therapy ideal compared to radiation therapy or open surgery in which the combination of treatment and recovery may entail weeks or months. Gamma Knife Center of the Pacific has been the focus of this activity for years, treating patients from Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Guam, Taipei and Canada.

"Our location in Honolulu, just 10 minutes from Waikiki, presents a great opportunity for people seeking Gamma Knife treatment in close proximity to one of the world's most famous vacation destinations," says Sean Nicholson, the center's CFO. "The Gamma Knife Center of the Pacific always strives to provide access for patients outside of Hawaii. Our staff works closely with patients to schedule and coordinate appointments, assist with travel arrangements and lodging, provide cost estimates and work with insurance companies to secure payment."

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