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Cutting-Edge Technology Without the Drive
Tuesday, Mar 23, 2021
For Batesville resident James Dickey, receiving his cancer diagnosis was a moment he’ll never forget. At the age of 55, he was in good health and experienced no real symptoms other than a suspicious spot which had formed on the back of his tongue.
“My doctor had taken a biopsy of the area,” said James. “I remember the day I went into his office to get the results. He looked me in the eye and told me I had cancer. I felt numb.”
A man of faith, James took some time to pray and research his options before proceeding with traditional cancer treatments. When alternative options didn’t work, he started investigating cancer centers throughout the region.
“I was told I needed both radiation and chemo to fight my cancer,” said James. “Margaret Mary had just installed new radiation equipment and it was state of the art. For me, it was an easy decision. Why would I drive far for treatment when I could get the same technology and services seven minutes from home?”
MMH’s linear accelerator is designed to directly destroy cancer cells while delivering the lowest dose of radiation possible to surrounding, healthy tissue. Thanks to its pinpoint accuracy, the system can be used to treat many different types of tumors, including those in the most sensitive areas.
After meeting with MMH’s cancer care team, James soon began a comprehensive treatment plan which included weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. He also took advantage of other support services, like massage therapy and nutrition counseling.
“I was impressed with how knowledgeable the doctors and staff were,” said James. “They explained in detail what I could expect. It was evident they had treated countless patients. They were accurate, compassionate and sincere.”
It’s been three years since James received his cancer diagnosis, but now he reflects back on those days and how they helped him grow and strengthen his faith.
“Everyone has a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual side,” said James. “I’m grateful to my cancer team for addressing all of these areas. Thanks to their guidance, I sit here today and I can say I’m healed of my cancer. Praise God.”