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New Cancer Center Coming Soon to Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- A new cancer resource center is coming soon to the Tri-Cities.  The American Cancer Society partnered with Kadlec Medical Center to plan the center to help patients and their families.

The new cancer resource center will be at the Kadlec Medical Center in Richland.   Inside the center, there will be pamphlets about many different types of cancer.  They're about everything from prevention, to diagnosis, to treatment. 

The Quality of Life Manager for the American Cancer Society, Todd Courtney, says the group wanted to put a resource center at the hospital so it would be more convenient for patients and their family. Courtney explains, "They get diagnosed here.  They get treated here.  It makes total sense to come right here where the patients are so they don't have to go hunting for information."

The center will be manned by trained volunteers, and Courtney hopes many of the volunteers will be cancer survivors and provide personal help to those diagnosed with cancer.  He says last year Kadlec treated more than 600 people with cancer. 

The resource center is set to open in January 2009.