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FSRO Wins Whole Heart Award

Dr. Kris Gast, Kim Vann and Pat Sears

Under the guidance of FSRO, with the help of Morrison Elementary’s other Partners in Education–Ameriprise, First Western Bank, and International Paper—Morrison Elementary held its Relay Recess on May 6 of this year.

Dr. Kris Gast and Fort Smith Radiation Oncology, along with the other partners, received a reward for their hard work as the winners of the Whole Heart Award at the annual end-of-school Partners in Education luncheon held May 30.

 

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FREE Prostate Cancer Screening Friday, June 14th

Dr. Kris Gast with Fort Smith Radiation Oncology is sponsoring a free prostate cancer screening on Friday, June 14th, at 8500 South 36th Terrace, across from Planters, off Hwy 71S.  The free screening is for men age 50 and older who have never been diagnosed with prostate cancer.  Also eligible for the free screening are men from age 40 to 50 who have a family history of prostate cancer. The second leading cause of cancer deaths in males, prostate cancer is also the most common cancer in men. One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.   Please call 479-648-1800 to pre-register, but walk-ins are welcome from 8am-11:30am and 1pm-3:00pm.

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Dr. Kris Gast~ Ask the Pros

Q: My 16 year old daughter just completed treatment for thyroid cancer.  What is her long-term prognosis? Do I need to worry about it coming back?

 

A: Thyroid cancer comes in a number of different varieties, but all have very high survival statistics for stages 1-3.  Thyroid cancer is usually treated with surgery followed by radioactive iodine treatments.  Patients then will have periodic follow-ups to evaluate for recurrence or spread of the disease.  Regarding pediatric patients, follow-ups are critical since the patients are still growing and changing while receiving treatment for the cancer.  All patients and families worry about recurrence of a cancer no matter what the type.  But, the good news is that thyroid cancer has a very low risk of recurrence when compared with other cancers. The best advice is for patients to continue their yearly exams throughout their lives.

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