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HCC patient shares cancer story on special day

Dennis Martin of Larned presents flowers to Jamie Hutchinson at the Heartland Cancer Center in appreciation for the treatment he received there. Hutchinson, R.N., is director of the HCC.

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When Dennis Martin of Larned was told the next step in his cancer treatment would be radiation, a Heartland Cancer Center (HCC) radiation oncologist understood his hesitation. After all, Martin had already undergone surgery and chemotherapy.

"It was darn serious," said Martin. "It scared me a little bit."

Dr. Claudia Perez-Tamayo of HCC suggested he seek a second opinion. He gave it some thought and hit the road for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

After his medical tests at Mayo, Martin learned that Dr. Perez-Tamayo’s SmartBeam radiation treatment was the best route to recovery from his malignant thynoma ...

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