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August 2012 Patient Spotlight

Earlene Hammock and Becky StatonEarlene Hammock

Fort Smith Radiation Oncology’s August Patient Spotlight is Earlene Hammock of Van Buren, Arkansas.

Mrs. Hammock grew up in Hackett, but now resides in Van Buren with her husband of 50 years, Bill.  They raised two daughters and have seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.  FSRO employee Becky Staton is Mrs. Hammock’s granddaughter. Mrs. Hammock is retired from retail work in a dress shop and did alterations until three years ago.  Her hobbies include quilting, reading, and baking.

Mrs. Hammock found her breast cancer by way of her monthly self exam.  A mammogram was ordered and once a cancer diagnosis was made, Dr. Flanagan performed her surgery.  Her cancer was caught very early, she has had no problems with her radiation treatments and she states the treatments have been real easy.

The staff at FSRO has enjoyed getting to know Becky’s “Nanny” and is proud to name her our patient of the month.

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July 2012 ~ Patient Spotlight

Linda GoinsLinda Goins

Fort Smith Radiation Oncology’s July Patient Spotlight is Linda Goins of Panama, Oklahoma.

Ms. Goins has lived her whole life in the Panama area.  Ms. Goins comes from a large family; she has six sisters and five brothers. This results in her being an aunt to over 60 nieces and nephews! She graduated from Panama High School, and is a graduate of Carl Albert State College, and Northeastern University in Tahlequah.  Ms. Goins was a teacher/coach for 18 years.  She coached basketball and softball at Panama, Howe, McCurtain, and Cave Springs over the 18 year span.  She now works at Anchor Finance Loan Service in Sallisaw, Oklahoma.

Ms. Goins’ cancer was found on her annual mammogram.  Dr. Seffense performed her surgeon and Dr. Mackey is currently administrating her chemotherapy treatments.  Ms. Goins was referred to Dr. Kris Gast for her radiation treatments.

Ms. Goins stated that she is just ready to get back to her normal life.  The chemotherapy and radiation treatments combined have made her tired, so she sleeps more than she ever has in her life.  She has a 20 acre yard that she loves to take care of and she thanks her brothers for helping her with the yard work during her treatments.

Ms. Goins has been a joy to get to know every day.  She is always smiling and brightens the room with her presence!

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June 2012 ~ Patient Spotlight

Mr. GriggsMr. William Griggs

Fort Smith Radiation Oncology’s June Patient Spotlight is Mr. William Griggs of Fort Smith.  Born and raised in Fort Smith, Mr. Griggs is a graduate of Northside High School and Westark Community College (now known as UAFS).  He worked for the Fort Smith Fire Department for 28 years.  Since retiring 10 years ago, Mr. Griggs enjoys carpentry.

Mr. Griggs has been married for 40 years  and raised two sons.  He and his wife now enjoy spending time with his 3 grandchildren- all boys! His wife dreams of a sweet granddaughter :) Mr. Griggs said that his wife has been the greatest support system to him.  She has taken really good care of him through his surgery and recovery.

Mr. Griggs was diagnosed with his prostate cancer by Dr. Landers of Cooper Clinic.  Dr. Landers referred him to Dr. Wahmen, a long time local urologist, who suggested surgery with post operative radiation therapy.

Mr. Griggs is a pleasure to visit with everyday and he told us that he is very happy with his care at Fort Smith Radiation Oncology and he has great faith in Dr. Kris Gast.  He is happy to see her as an independant doctor thrive in Fort Smith.  He is a big supporter of locally owned businesses and is proud to have his radiation treatment here at FSRO.  We are just as proud to have him as a patient!

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