September 23, 2017

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Behind the Scenes: The Role of Medical Physicist Joe Schmidt at Willmar Regional Cancer Center

  Patients at Willmar Regional Cancer Center (WRCC) may not have ever seen Joe Schmidt, a medical physicist, or even know what he does, but he plays an integral role in providing radiation care to cancer patients. Radiation Technology to Medical Physicist When Joe first entered the medical profession, he was a radiology technologist. At [More]

Marking a Milestone: Ringing the Cancer Bell

The golden bell at Willmar Regional Cancer Center rings, and nurses and staff gather in the waiting room at the Cancer Center to celebrate—and share tears of joy—with the patient who has rung the bell. The tradition of the bell began at MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1996 when U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Irve Le [More]

The Important Role of Pathology at Willmar Regional Cancer Center

As a pathologist at Rice Memorial Hospital, Dr. Steve Vanderwerf is used to working behind the scenes—at least when it comes to patient care. But his job is a very important one for Willmar Regional Cancer Center. How Pathology Ties into Willmar Regional Cancer Center Pathology is the study of organs, tissues and bodily fluids, [More]

Radiation Oncologist Dr. Tod Speer Getting Back to Patient Care at the Willmar Regional Cancer Center

The Willmar Regional Cancer Center’s (WRCC) newest radiation oncologist Dr. Tod Speer is used to Midwestern living. He grew up near Chicago and most recently lived in Madison, Wis., where he worked at the University School of Medicine as a clinical assistant professor in human oncology.  Though he enjoyed his job, he decided he wanted [More]

Dr. Ewa Wysokinska, A Twist of Fate: From Poland to Minnesota and Back Again

Dr. Ewa Wysokinska is a new hematologist/oncologist at the Willmar Regional Cancer Center. Though she’s no stranger to Minnesota, Dr. Wysokinska has spent most of her life in Poland. She grew up in a small town named Siechnice, about five miles outside of Wroclaw, Poland.  Poland is home to beautiful countryside with bubbling rivers and lush forests—perfect for [More]

Genetics, Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer: Should I Be Tested for a Gene Mutation?

Undoubtedly if you own a TV, computer or smart phone, you’ve seen the news about Angelina Jolie.  A BRCA1 carrier, she’s been recognized for her courageous decision to get a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of getting the same cancers that both her mom and aunt lost their cancer battles to.  It’s a story [More]

Medical Students Educated about Abuse Assessment – Safe Avenue

At ACMC, ongoing education is a must for all providers and staff. We also offer weekly ‘classroom’ education sessions onsite for students rotating within our organization. These sessions have included a variety of specialties available locally. The programs are presented on a rotating basis by providers from ACMC, Rice Memorial Hospital and community health care [More]

Mammograms, Breast Ultrasounds and MRI’s: What’s It All Mean?

The key to saving lives from breast cancer is early detection.  When women reach the age of 40 (or earlier if at high risk), it is recommended that an annual mammogram test is completed.  Mammograms can’t keep women from getting breast cancer; their primary purpose is to assist in detecting breast cancer sooner than it [More]

Breast Cancer Risk and Screening Guidelines

October is National Breast Cancer month and while we see many sports organizations and other groups in the area are wearing pink to show their support to help raise awareness, at ACMC we want to start with you! Breast cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States [More]