KEZI 9 Checks In April: Cancer treatment available closer to home

"After you receive treatment, the last thing you want to do is travel for three hours, come home, come back next week and do it again.”

Posted: Apr 9, 2021 8:04 PM
Updated: May 3, 2021 11:23 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore. – Going to the big city doesn’t mean you’ll get better cancer care, according to the Community Cancer Center in Roseburg.

The center teamed up with Oregon Health & Science University in Portland more than a year ago, which means they have even more experts to help diagnose patients and determine the best care for them.

You don’t have to travel to Portland to take advantage of that expertise.

Angelia Freeman with the center said they’re getting ready to kick off a new campaign to remind people what kind of care they offer in Roseburg. They also want to remind providers in the area they can refer patients to a local center.
It’s very rare for a patient to have to go out of town for cancer treatment, Freeman said. And there’s a place they can turn to nearby during such a difficult time.

“You don't have to go out of town for top quality treatment,” Freeman said. “You can get that right here at home, and when you get it closer to home, the effectiveness of the treatment is actually better because you can heal. After you receive treatment, the last thing you want to do is travel for three hours, come home, come back next week and do it again.”

Freeman said they’re revamping their website to educate the public on the services they provide and to make sure it has all the resources patients need.

The center’s relationship with OHSU is allowing them to offer more services like clinical trials and direct access to their doctors, Freeman said. The idea is to show people they have a top-quality staff and advanced technology, and to provide patients with hope in their journey.

“We have a marketing campaign out there so we are that first thought, that first response people are going to know about us, but more importantly they're going to have a lot of confidence in what we can provide for them and how we can provide that hope that we're wanting to provide,” Freeman said.

The Community Cancer Center also houses Douglas County Cancer Services and Camp Millennium, so patients only have to go to one campus to get the services they need, Freeman said.

Right now, the website isn’t up – they’re making sure it has all the new resources and information before they make it live.

KEZI 9 Checks In is a monthly reminder for women to do a self-breast exam to check for lumps or changes. You can sign up here.

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