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Cutting-Edge Cancer Care

When it comes to the early detection of cancer, 74-year-old Kim Simonson is living proof of the power of positivity … and screenings.

Following a cancer diagnosis in 2020, the Brookville resident had his prostate removed and since then has been monitoring his PSA (prostate-specific antigen) regularly for recurrence. PSA is a protein produced by the prostate gland, and elevated levels can indicate the presence of prostate cancer.

After three years of good reports, Kim’s PSA levels tripled in 2023. Further testing showed the cancer was present and had spread to his lymph nodes. When his oncologist recommended radiation therapy, Kim was relieved to discover he could receive treatments at Margaret Mary’s Cancer Center in Batesville.

“What a plus this facility is for the community,” said Kim. “I didn’t have to drive downtown in a busy city. I avoided the traffic, the parking, the crowds. I was also impressed with how sophisticated the technology was. The equipment could target my prostate area and lymph nodes at the same time which really cut back on my number of treatments.”

For five weeks, Kim drove to Batesville daily to receive radiation therapy. During his treatments, he quickly connected with MMH’s cancer team.

“The staff is amazing here,” said Kim. “It’s really a family setting. They treat you with respect. They understand how cancer affects people. I actually felt a void when treatment was over and I didn’t see the staff every day.”

Following each appointment, Kim also maintained a healthy habit which helped him stay motivated on his journey.

“Every day, I brought my dog, Biff, and we walked around the walking trail behind the center,” he said. “It was good for me physically and mentally. Every person has a choice. I wanted to stay positive and active.”

With his cancer treatment behind him, Kim feels well and is excited for what lies ahead.

“I love life, and I love the outdoors,” he said. “I love to be around my family. I enjoy my grandkids. You don’t know how long you’re going to be here, but you need to swallow up as much life as you can.”

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