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Equipment for OMC Cancer Treatment Center Purchased

Equipment for OMC Cancer Treatment Center Purchased

Funds were raised through OMC’s Dice Run of the Mills

Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) recently received the Prone Breast Pad attachment for OMC’s 4D Linear Accelerator at OMC Cancer Treatment Center. The attachment is used during radiation treatments when the cancer tumor is located close to the heart and lungs.

The OMC Dice Run of the Mills fundraiser was held on June 10 and raised $7,800 for the purchase. The Dice Run had a total of 145 motorcycles and 17 cars that participated. The event was sponsored by Great Rivers Distributing, Outpost Motorsports, Q94, Bartlett Moving Services, and Lazy W Pallets.

Local resident Letty Parrott shared her story with OMC last year. She saw the need for OMC to have the Prone Breast Pad attachment. Parrott was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma In-Situ (DCIS) breast cancer in November 2015 after a routine mammogram. She had three surgeries to obtain clear margins then began radiation therapy on March 2, 2016 in St. Louis. She was fortunate to have a nephew that lived close to St. Louis and she was able to stay at his home during the week for treatments. She had 5 treatments per week for 7 weeks plus one extra. Her commute was 60 miles round trip per day and she finished her treatments on April 22, 2016. At her annual mammogram appointment in November 2016, her doctor pronounced her “cancer free.” Letty remains cancer free today.

Because Parrott’s tumor was on the same side as her heart and deep within the breast toward back of the breast bone, a Prone Breast Pad was needed to safely treat with radiation. The Prone Breast Pad positions the breast in a way to protect the heart and lungs when a tumor is so deep. Ozarks Medical Center has the 4D Linear Accelerator that is used for radiation oncology, but did not have the Prone Breast Pad.

Parrott wanted to share her story in hopes that OMC could purchase the Prone Breast Pad so that others could be treated close-to-home if needed. The first OMC Dice Run was held and money raised was earmarked to purchase a Prone Breast Pad for the OMC Cancer Treatment Center.

“We were blessed with a beautiful day for riding our Ozarks during the Dice Run and we were also grateful to Letty Parrott for sharing her story,” said Melissa Smith, OMC Media Relations Specialist and Co-Chair of the Dice Run. “Because of Letty and everyone who came out and supported the Dice Run, OMC was able to purchase the Prone Breast Pad attachment. This will allow others to stay close to home for treatment when faced with a tumor that is located close to the heart and lungs.”

The Second Annual OMC Dice Run of the Mills will be held on June 9, 2018.

For more information about the OMC Cancer Treatment Center, contact 417-257-5900. For more information about the Dice Run, contact Melissa Smith, 417-257-6737 or Charlie Wharton, 417-505-9161, Dice Run Co-Chairs.

The Prone Breast Pad attachment is used with Ozarks Medical Center Cancer Treatment Center’s 4D Linear Accelerator during radiation treatments when the cancer tumor is located close to the heart and lungs. The Prone Breast Pad positions the breast in a way to protect the heart and lungs when a tumor is deep. Pictured left to right: David Parrott; Letty Parrott; Melissa Smith, OMC Media Relations Specialist and Dice Run Co-Chair; Radiation Technologists Angie Garner, RT (R)(T); Christy Chambers RT (R)(T); and Kristy Hamby BSRT (R)(T)(CT); and Dr. Benjamin Yan, Radiation Oncologist.

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