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Cancer Professionals Meet to Stay on Top of Latest in Care and Treatment

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It's never a good time to learn cancer has struck.  But modern times do afford you -- and your health care professionals -- a leg up when it comes to diagnosis and treatment.

Testing, technology, nutrition and psychology all factor into a comprehensive care approach the pros say produce better outcomes.

"All of that they will help make it easier on the patient and make their journey with cancer less stressful and more successful," says Tarek Dufan, M.D., Radiation Oncologist, Bismarck Cancer Center.

Oncology nurses -- those professionals who care for cancer patients -- met today to stay informed with the latest in genetic testing, imaging, therapy, care management and more.  But one nurse of 30 years says she learns the most from the cancer patients themselves.

"They know what life is all about.  It's your family.  It's your friends.  And they're fighting to spend that time with them," says Ellen Schafer, Oncology Nurse, St. Alexis Medical Center.

High-performance in cancer treatment was a factor in Bismarck's St. Alexius Medical Center being ranked best hospital in North Dakota by U.S. News & World Report earlier this summer.


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