Fast lane to treatment: Cancer center eases burden of finding radiation therapy

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Until the Don and Dana Myers Cancer Center opened in 2007 in Seymour, local residents with breast cancer such as Sondra Cash of North Vernon had to leave the area for radiation treatments five days a week.

The strain of trips to Columbus, Indianapolis or Louisville for 15-minute doses of radiation for four to eight weeks at a time was tough enough.

“You were exhausted from therapy, exhausted from the disease, and then you had to take off work every day,” said Sally Acton, director of Cancer and Pain Services for Schneck Medical Center.

Now people such as Cash have to make a short trip to Seymour and spend much less time to obtain radiation treatment.

“It only takes about 15 minutes,” Cash said of the radiation treatment she receives through a linear accelerator at the cancer center.

The 58-year-old said the treatment isn’t painful, and she doesn’t spend much time at the 16,000-square-foot center adjacent to Schneck Medical Center.

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