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Tri-Cities Cancer Center gets ready for departing doctors

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A major shakeup at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center is about to take place with three of their radiation doctors leaving in two months.

"Will have the same cancer center," that's the bottom line according to Tri-Cities Cancer Center executive director Thomas Cothran.

"The quality of care here at the cancer center will not waver. The extra services and things we provide to patients and their families won't change," adds Cothran.

The center and doctors Sheila Rege, Richard Giever, and Michael Myers of Oncology Group couldn't agree on a contract. As a result, the contract wasn't renewed, and April 1st will be their last day.

The three doctors are building a new radiology center directly across the street from the Tri-Cities Cancer Center.

Doctors Rege and Giever have been with the non-profit since it opened in 1994.

Doctor Joseph Kelley will replace the departing doctors. He starts April 2nd, and he plans to bring in new technology like stereotactic radiosurgery, which is a high powered x-ray that focuses on small parts of the body.

"With new technologies, we'll be offering in April, those 8 weeks of treatment will be reduced to three or four days of treatment," says Kelley.

The cancer center says they only need 2 radiation doctors. They already have one, and are actively looking for the second.