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The linear accelerator that's been installed in the Cancer Center of Western Wisconsin will allow area residents to receive radiation treatment closer to home. The equipment was in use for the first time Monday.

New era in local cancer treatment begins

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The first cancer patients began receiving radiation treatment last week at the newly opened Cancer Center of Western Wisconsin in New Richmond.


It was a landmark day for the facility, which is attached to Westfields Hospital, even though its official grand opening won't happen until June 7. Doctors at the cancer center have been seeing patients since May 2, but the radiation equipment (a linear accelerator) was not ready for use until this week.

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Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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