Cancer

Sutter Medical Center Performs First Frameless Gamma Knife Surgery in U.S.

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 | 0 comments

New radiosurgery system Gamma Knife Icon enables unprecedented precision in frameless treatment of brain tumors. 

SACRAMENTO — Elekta, a leading supplier of advanced and innovative radiation oncology and neurosurgery systems, announced its Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon™, the most precise stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) system currently available, was used for the first time in the U.S. on March 1 at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Gamma Knife Center to treat a metastatic brain tumor.

The patient, a 52-year-old male from El Dorado Hills, Calif., had previously undergone successful treatment for primary melanoma and for melanoma metastases to his lung. The patient’s treatment was planned and guided using a frameless approach. The frameless mask solution is one of several new features of Icon and is integrated with a novel high definition motion management.  The system provides accuracy similar to that of frame-based SRS systems while minimizing dose to normal tissue.

“Increasing the precision of frameless cranial SRS is essential for effectively targeting tumor tissue while protecting healthy brain tissue from damage,” said Samuel Ciricillo, M.D., Medical Director of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery at Sutter Neuroscience Institute. “The new Gamma Knife system, Icon, now provides the most accurate motion tracking during treatment. Additionally, with Gamma Knife there is a two- to four-fold improvement in sparing normal brain tissue compared to other linear accelerator platforms. These features allow for greater potential to protect patient quality of life both during treatment and after recovery.”
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Sutter Solano Cancer Center Earns NAPBC Accreditation

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 | 0 comments

VALLEJO, Calif. — Sutter Solano Cancer Center, part of Sutter Solano Medical Center, has been granted a three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

Sutter Solano Cancer Center in Vallejo, Calif.

Sutter Solano Cancer Center in Vallejo, Calif.

“We are excited that the NAPBC has acknowledged our center with this accreditation,” said Tracy Geddis, assistant administrator, Sutter Solano Medical Center. “Our team works tirelessly to provide quality care to our breast cancer patients while also offering an array of programs and services that fit the needs of our community. This accreditation shows the community that we are a premier facility for their breast care needs.” Read More

$450,000 Gift Paves Way for Cancer Infusion Therapy Center at Sutter Amador

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 | 0 comments

JACKSON, Calif. – An Amador County philanthropic organization, the Spinty Foundation, is donating $450,000 toward the building of a $1.2 million infusion therapy center in Jackson, a needed community service that will allow cancer patients to receive care near their homes, it was announced Wednesday evening.

Janie Williams, president of the Spinty Foundation, and her son Jess, a director of the foundation, get a standing ovation when announcing their $450,000 donation on March 4.

Janie Williams, president of the Spinty Foundation, and her son Jess, a director of the foundation, get a standing ovation when announcing their $450,000 donation on March 4.

With this major gift and $24,000 in other donations, Sutter Amador Hospital Foundation has already raised the majority of funds needed from the community in 2015 in order to receive a matching grant from Sutter Health to construct the new infusion therapy center.

“Most cancer patients in Amador County need to travel an hour and sometimes more to receive infusion services, such as chemotherapy,” said Sutter Amador Hospital CEO Anne Platt. “We are very happy that the Spinty Foundation made such a generous gift so that, when completed, all cancer patients in Amador County and beyond will have access to excellent infusion services right here in their own community.” Read More

Public Can Tour Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction ‘Gallery’

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 | 0 comments

All of the quilts in the auction were quilted and not just tied. There's at least one, though, that has tie-dyed squares. This hopscotch quilt is hanging on the first floor of the Sutter Capitol Pavilion at 28th and L streets.

All of the quilts in the auction were quilted and not just tied. There’s at least one, though, that has tie-dyed squares. This hopscotch quilt is hanging on the first floor of the Sutter Capitol Pavilion at 28th and L streets.

SACRAMENTO — The public is invited to tour an unusual, free art gallery through Saturday, Oct. 11. Nearly 500 newly made, donated quilts adorn the walls of the Sutter Cancer Center, 2800 L St., Sacramento, and its neighboring facilities as part of the Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction, which is held every three years to raise funds for breast cancer research and treatment programs at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.

Started in 1999, it is considered the first of its kind in the nation and has led to the creation of similar fund-raising auctions. More than $550,000 has been raised through the auctioning of 2,500 quilts in the past five auctions.

Most of the donated quilts are currently hanging throughout the halls of the seven-story Sutter Cancer Center, also known as the Buhler Specialty Pavilion. Some quilts are also hanging in the bridge that connects the Buhler to Sutter General Hospital, in the Sutter General lobby, and on the first floor hallway of the Sutter Capitol Pavilion, which is located across 28th Street from the Buhler Specialty Pavilion.

Most of the quilts will be won through silent auctions, with 50 of the best or unique being auctioned off live on Oct. 11 in the newly remodeled lobby of the Buhler Specialty Pavilion. Read More

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Pioneers Most-Advanced Surgical Robot in California

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento on Wednesday became the first hospital in California to use the next-generation robotic surgery system called the da Vinci Xi, which provides 3-D, high-definition visualization and greater dexterity, precision and control for the surgeon as well as less pain and a quicker recovery for the patient.

The new da Vinci Xi replicates surgeon movements with enhanced dexterity.

The new da Vinci Xi replicates surgeon movements with enhanced dexterity.

Steven C. Patching, M.D., who in 1993 was the first to use laparoscopic, minimally invasive surgery in the Sacramento region, became the first surgeon in California to complete a procedure – a gallbladder removal – using the new da Vinci Xi system.

The da Vinci Xi, which was approved by the FDA in April, has broader capabilities than prior generations of the da Vinci system, with the adaptability to be used across an array of surgeries in urology, gynecology, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery.

The Xi possesses 3D-HD visualization, giving surgeons a highly magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient. The da Vinci Xi system’s new overhead arm architecture provides the surgeon anatomical access from virtually any position, simplifying multi-quadrant surgeries. Smaller, thinner arms coupled with longer instrument shafts permit greater range of motion and more flexibility than ever before. Read More

Oncology Nurse Navigator Assists Breast Cancer Patients at Sutter Auburn Faith

Posted by on May 1, 2014 | 0 comments

Ellen Carlson, RN, Oncology Nurse Manager

Ellen Carlson, RN, Oncology Nurse Manager

Ellen Carlson, RN, has accepted the new position of the Oncology Nurse Navigator at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital. As the Oncology Nurse Navigator, Carlson will offer individualized assistance to breast cancer patients, their families and caregivers. She will assess the patient’s clinical needs, provide education and will assist with managing the complex needs of a cancer diagnosis, collaborating on the patient’s behalf with other clinicians. Once this service is established, Carlson will assist all oncology patients.

Above all, Carlson will be supportive. The hospital Oncology Nurse Navigator position was created at the hospital in order to offer cancer patients a professional hand during a stressful, emotional and difficult time.

“When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, she is faced with dozens of decisions,” said Carlson. “She’ll have to decide Read More