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KEZI 9 Checks In May: Cancer center plays vital role in Roseburg

The current board chair sees the important role the center plays in the community due to his mom's struggles with breast cancer in the 70s.

Posted: May 24, 2021 12:44 PM
Updated: May 24, 2021 1:11 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. – The Community Cancer Center in Roseburg plays an important role in the community.

Tom Nelson is serving his second year as board chair. He and his wife were born and raised in Roseburg, which is why it’s so important for his family to support the center.

Nelson said he remembers when his mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in the 70s and she had to make daily trips to Eugene for radiation.

“For her treatments she had to go to Eugene, and although Eugene's only an hour away from Roseburg, after a series of treatment every day for a week, that drive gets to be long,” Nelson said.

Nelson said as the population grew, it was clear how much Roseburg needed a place that could treat patients locally.

“The staff, the doctors, it's just a great group of people, friendly, very compassionate, really makes a patient feel very welcome during those tough times that that patient is going through,” he said.

Now with the partnership with Oregon Health & Science University, the center is able to offer patients even more resources and services.

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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