74.2 F
Cruz Bay
Thursday, February 22, 2024


June 28, 2001 – Dr. Roy Schneider was part of a team of physicians at Howard University who operated on a 64-year-old patient in May by using an experimental form of treatment for pancreatic cancer, according to an issue of the Medical Bulletin of the District of Columbia published on June 21.
Schneider, the immediate past governor of the Virgin Islands, and Drs. Alfred Goldson and Paul Sugarbaker developed a new procedure that involves surgically implanting radiation capsules directly into a patient's tumor while also using chemotherapy to treat the cancer.
According to the publication, the radioactive pellets injected into the patient's tumor will remain in the body and emit radiation to the pancreas for a year. In theory, the radiation will not go past the tissue outside the pancreas and will dissolve internally over a one-year period.
Pancreatic cancer afflicts men more often than women. The first-year survival rate for those with the disease is 10 percent, according to the Medical Bulletin. Few patients with pancreatic cancer are found to be operable because the cancer is often not diagnosed until its advanced stages.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Keeping our community informed is our top priority.
If you have a news tip to share, please call or text us at 340-228-8784.

Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.