In 2004, Wellmont Health System became our region’s first healthcare provider to utilize robotics when Accuray Incorporated’s CyberKnife®, a non-invasive system used to treat life-threatening tumors in various parts of the body, was introduced. Since that time, hundreds of CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery system procedures have been performed at Bristol Regional Medical Center's J.D. and Lorraine Nicewonder Cancer Center, saving lives and returning patients to their homes and families faster and healthier.
CyberKnife employs image-guided technology similar to that used by the military to target cruise missiles. A lightweight linear accelerator attached to a robotic arm generates up to 100 beams of radiation to attack diseased tissue. Because the radiation is delivered with sub-millimeter accuracy, tumors and other abnormalities receive a concentrated dose of radiation, but the impact on surrounding healthy tissue is minimized.
Treatment is completely non-invasive, requires no anesthesia and is usually completed on an outpatient basis.
When patients in Kingsport, Bristol, Johnson City and across Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia require surgery, there is no better place to turn for minimally invasive and non-invasive robotic surgical procedures than Wellmont – the region’s only healthcare provider offering experienced physicians performing surgical procedures with both CyberKnife and da Vinci.
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Since Donna Lobdell’s breast cancer journey began more than a year ago, she’s had chemo, radiation, surgery – and a recovery.
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2/1/16 - To demonstrate solidarity with those whose lives have been affected by cancer, the Wellmont Cancer Institute will participate in the #WorldCancerDay #TalkingHands social media campaign on Thursday, Feb. 4.
12/23/15 - Patients at the J.D. and Lorraine Nicewonder Cancer Center experienced the spirit of giving from Sullins Academy third graders, who provided gifts such as notebooks, blankets, hats and scarves, as well as handmade cards and notes of encouragement.
5/28/15 - Strength and hope will permeate the region as cancer survivors gather to celebrate their success at an upcoming event. National Cancer Survivors Day will be held June 7, and the Wellmont Cancer Institute will hold local gatherings at three locations.
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