Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

January 23, 2013

Barren River Regional Cancer Center survivors celebrate 10 years

By AMANDA LOVIZA VICKERY
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW —

Medical staff, cancer patients and community members gathered at the Barren River Regional Cancer Center Wednesday afternoon to celebrate 10 years of more birthdays, more laughter and most of all, more time. The Glasgow facility has treated more than 2,000 local cancer patients in a partnership between The Medical Center at Bowling Green and T.J. Samson Community Hospital.

“It’s been a great 10 years,” Dr. Craig Tyree told guests at Wednesday afternoon’s open house celebration.

Tyree has been the BRRCC radiation oncologist and medical director since the facility opened at the end of 2002. Originally opened by The Medical Center, the partnership between the two hospitals developed at the beginning of 2003. The facility’s goal has been to provide the best cancer treatment in the area, and do it with the best technology and the most caring staff. According to those gathered on Wednesday, the treatment center is succeeding in its goals.

Arvel Riddle thought he was done with prostate cancer after surgery in 2006. When the cancer resurfaced in 2009 and radiation treatment was suggested, Riddle said he resisted at first. When he realized there would be nothing a doctor could do if the cancer started spreading, he decided to go to Barren River Regional Cancer Center for his treatments.

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