The water in the fountain at Memorial Health is now pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but the event also symbolized something else.
Breast cancer survivors that participated in the hospital's new technology treatment are pouring dye into the fountain celebrating the one year anniversary of Intra-Operative Radiation Therapy.
The new technology shortens treatment times, reduces side effects and maximizes radiation therapy benefits for those with breast cancer.
"At first I was scared, but I am an educator also and I know through lots of research you find innovations that did not exist several years ago," said Sandi Jones, a breast cancer survivor patient and IORT patient. "After I met the doctors at Memorial; I know the great lengths they had gone through to find out about the IORT. I really had no issues. I was ready to get it done and I am actually very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the pioneering group."
The event also honored a new member of the breast cancer team at Memorial. Dr. Elena Rehl is a breast cancer surgeon at the center for breast care. Dr. Michael Hasselle is also new. He's replacing Dr. John Duttenhaver in radiation oncology and Dr. Deborah Cunningham is a new radiologist for breast imaging.
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