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Dubuque cancer center provides innovative accessibility

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) - MercyOne Hospital's Dubuque Cancer Center aims to provide all of a patients treatment options under one roof.

The center opened to the public on Monday. The facility offers a variety of treatment options, including radiation therapy, chemotherapy, rehabilitation and more.

Dr. Edward Miles, Radiation Oncologist at the center, said in the past, patients receiving could have to travel miles from one appointment to the other. Now, the patient will simply be transported within the center.

"If they're getting radiation and chemotherapy together then that can be pretty debilitating," said Dr. Miles. "So to be able to reach out to the folks upstairs and just give them a liter of saline, they'll bounce back much better. Rather than sending them to the emergency room where they'll wait a few hours to be seen in triage."

Dr. Eric Engelman, Medical Director of the MercyOne Dubuque Cancer Center, said the new layout can also improve communication between doctors and other medical staff. As they will be able to talk to each other in-person rather than by phone or email.

"The physicians are in the same building and they can look at a patients scans together and they're talking face-to-face," said Dr. Engleman. "We believe patients receive better care like this."

Executive Director, David Tatman believes centers like their are the pathway towards the future of cancer treatment. He said the Dubuque center is one of the only comprehensive cancer treatment centers in the tri-state area.

"The isolated cancer programs that deliver just medical oncology or just radiation oncology are going away in the place of comprehensive cancer centers like the one we've developed in Dubuque," said Tatman.

Ashley Scott

Reporter, Dubuque

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