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Gackle, North Dakota, man graduates from JRMC Cancer Center

Moos celebrated his JRMC Cancer Center graduation on Oct. 15.

A Gackle farmer and rancher says he’s ready to get back to work after completing his cancer care journey.

“I went in for my yearly physical and regular colonoscopy,” Steven Moos said. “That’s when they found something.”

The CAT scan confirmed cancer.

The American Cancer Society recommends most individuals over the age of 50 have a colonoscopy every 10 years. People at higher risk may need the screening more often.

Sanford Health general surgeon Dr. Robert McMillan removed Moos’ cancer in an operating room at Jamestown Regional Medical Center. Moos then completed four chemotherapy treatments, each three weeks apart, at the JRMC Cancer Center.

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“It is amazing to have all of our services here," Moos said. "We live in Gackle, and to have an extra 100 miles each way would be difficult.”

Post-surgery, Moos spent three days in the hospital. His wife, Patty, said she was glad that she could stay with him.

“Yes, traveling for care is a financial burden but also emotionally draining,” she said. “I’m glad I could be by his side because we are close.”

When asked if anyone specific had made a difference in care, Steven Moos said, “Everyone.”

Moos celebrated his JRMC Cancer Center graduation on Oct. 15.

The JRMC Cancer Center opened in 2019 in partnership with Sanford Health. Since then, it has saved families more than 500,000 miles of travel. Each month, the cancer center team offers more than 200 chemotherapy infusions in six private infusion bays.

To learn more about care at JRMC, visit www.jrmcnd.com/cancer-center .

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