Staff and patients at Mon Health are marking one year since the first radiation therapy patient was treated at the Zelda Stein Weiss Cancer Center.
A portion of the Cancer was renovated for the radiation therapy offices, making treatment more convenient for patients with their entire team of doctors in one location.
“It’s nice to have all the physicians that work in close proximity with one another,” said Dr. Paul Saconn, Radiation Oncologist at the Zelda Stein Weiss Cancer Center. “It’s not unusual for the medical oncologist and myself to interact with the patient jointly.”
A portion of the Cancer Center was renovated for the radiation therapy offices.
“They really like the personalized approach that they receive here,” he continued. “All my patients have 24/7 access to me through my phone number and the staff here have been wonderful in making each patient feel like they’re part of a family.”
Radiation therapy is one of three ways to treat cancer, along with surgery and chemotherapy, which kills cancer cells with x-rays.
“It enters the cell, damages the DNA and the cell cannot survive,” Dr. Saconn explained.
The Cancer Center estimates between 85 and 100 patients have been treated with radiation therapy in the past year and the numbers are growing.
“Working together we can provide all the care under one roof for the patient, which leads to better continuity of care for the patient,” Dr. Saconn said.