Uplifting story about Rickey Rhoades, a medical staff member in the military who just returned home from Afghanistan and is now being treated in Spokane, Washington, at the Sacred Heart Medical Center for Myeloma cancer.
Sacred Heart Medical Center is the only hospital outside of Seattle to help treat patients using Autologous Stem Cell Transplants.
Ricky is the 201st individual being treated at Sacred Heart and will find out soon if this new stem cell therapy works in his favor. We hope it does.
The real question though is why isn’t this popular stem cell procedure not available nationwide? Why are cancer patients forced to travel across state lines for a procedure that has been shown to work in their favor? These therapies need to be accessible for patients in every state and at a cost that they can afford.
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