Cancer treatment options close to home

IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME IN THE MAKING, AND it hasn’t always been easy. But with this week’s opening of the Peninsula Radiation Oncology Center on the Central Peninsula Hospital campus in Soldotna, something good has come for those who have been waiting.

The $10 million, 7,000-square-foot oncology center features state of the art equipment and advanced technology to deliver radiation treatment to patients battling cancer, including a linear accelerator.

What that all means is that people who are battling cancer, instead of traveling to Anchorage or Seattle or beyond, can get their treatment without leaving the community, where their support network is.

At one point or another, just about every one of us will be affected by the disease, whether we’re battling it ourselves or supporting a family member, friend or coworker in their battle. The American Cancer Society estimates that 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer nationwide in 2013, including 3,290 in Alaska.

We’re grateful to see the resources available for cancer treatment in our area expand, so care can be found close to home.

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It’s not something most of us give a second thought, but in a medical emergency, would you know what to do? Would you feel confident enough to do it?

If the answer to either of those questions is no, then maybe it’s time for a CPR and first aid training course.

CPR and first aid skills are valuable for anyone and everyone, whether you’re home, at the office, or out and about in our great state. Accidents can and do happen. Health issues arise. The majority of calls that our local emergency personnel respond to are medical calls.

Even in town, it can take some time for help to arrive. If you’re out in the wilderness, you are your own first responder. In an emergency situation, every second can be crucial. Basic CPR and first aid skills can buy time, increasing the chances of getting a patient to proper medical care.

A few hours of training to gain skills that may save a life? Sounds like a worthwhile investment to us.

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