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.
Fort Smith Radiation Oncology is proud to announce a partnership with the University of Arkansas Fort Smith to provide a hands-on learning experience for university students interested in applying to medical school. Davis Pritchett, Ph.D, Professor of Biology at UAFS and Dr. Kris Gast will be overseeing the program. This semester, two students, Jesse Pacheco and Rasila Soumana Hama, will be joining the staff at Fort Smith Radiation Oncology for four clinic hours per week. During their internship, the students will learn about all aspects of cancer treatments, cancer side effects, and the long-term care of cancer patients.
Jesse Pacheco is a junior at UAFS. Jesse was previously a surgical technologist and that led him to deciding that he wanted to be a physician. Being bilingual, Jesse sees a need in Fort Smith for family physicians who can serve the Hispanic community. As Jesse said, “I want to make a change in the community.” When asked what he hopes to achieve during his internship, Jesse replied, “I look forward to talking with patients, learning about oncology, and seeing what cancer patients go through during their treatments.” Jesse plans to apply to medical school at the UAMS Medical School and serve his residency at the UAMS Family Practice here in Fort Smith.
Rasila Soumana Hama is from Niger, West Africa. She has lived in the United States for the past two years as an international student at UAFS. A junior majoring in biology, Rasila speaks French, English, and some Arabic. Rasila is a member of the UAFS Student Alumni, Cultural Network, and International Student Council. Rasila hopes that this internship will help her determine her career path.
Jesse Pacheco Rasila Soumana Hama
Several Fort Smith Radiation Oncology employees attended the Arkansas Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s fundraiser, Teal Night in Tahiti on Saturday, August 25th. Over 350 people enjoyed eating dinner, bidding on the silent auction items, acting silly in the photo booth, and dancing to the music of Bajer.