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Cancer center expands treatment options


Facility now aids breast cancer patients



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Clinical Administrator Michele Schumann is seen discussing the linear accelerator in the Harrington Cancer Center’s lead-lined underground treatment room during last July’s opening. The center has expanded services to include breast cancer treatment. (click for larger version)
September 26, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — Seeking to provide a more convenient location for treatment of patients, Harrington Memorial Hospital has opened its new breast cancer center.

Located at 55 Sayles St., the new facility opened Tuesday, Sept. 22 with the aim of sparing residents from trekking to farther locations for treatment.

As part of its team-based approach, nursing and surgical specialists will create treatment plans for patients and make radiation oncology, mammography and breast reconstructive services available to patients. A nurse coordinator will help patients navigate the plan. Social services will also be available.

"Having several specialists and medical professionals at one place and one time allows for seamless care, without making our patients travel to several buildings, towns or physicians over the span of several days," said Harrington spokesman Blaine Schnare in a statement.

The center is a joint venture with UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, which is providing two doctors to the facility.

Local breast cancer advocates said the new center will be a tremendous help to patients who are often forced to seek care further away, in Worcester, which only adds to their existing struggles.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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