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Rival cancer centers reflect on progress

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- When three doctors left the Tri-Cities Cancer Center to form their own clinic in April, it caused a major shake up in the region's medical care.

We checked in with both centers to see how the transition has affected both facilities.

Since the big move, each clinic has had to re-adjust to a new building and new faces.

Dr. Sheila Rege of Northwest Cancer Clinic says new clients like the new building they work in, "they are responding to what we wanted the clinic to look like which is patient centric, a warm atmosphere, a friendly atmosphere."

Thomas Cothran of Tri-Cities Cancer Center says while they only have one doctor, Radiation Oncologist Joseph Kelly to treat patients, they have lots of nurses and staff, "having resources available to them through our navigation program, our chaplains, and out support services."Cothran adds those services allow the center to provide a complete treatment experience for their patients.

One resource found at both centers is stereo tactic radio surgery. It's a high powered x-ray that focuses on small parts of the body.

Northwest cancer clinic plans to pursue more new technology to fight cancer. Across the street, Tri-Cities Cancer Center plans to add another doctor as early as fall of 2012.