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1t  'ra - May 2, 2012 Page 3 =-THE ILLUSTRATED BIBLE LMNC ALsANY STOVES Ira. Tem )eratures Forecast 541-928-4986 5er,+in Oron WOOd, Ga$ since 14  Pellet Stoves Sales  Service Sweeps Installations t Inspections Lake Levels 805 SE 7th Albany www.albanystoves.com Almanac sponsored by Albany Stoves Inc. High Low Precip May 24 82 49 .00 May 25 64 50 .00 May 26 66 47 1.00 May 27 53 40 .68 May 28 56 43 .05 May 29 67 38 .00 May 30 70 46 .40 Precipitation to date: 34.83 May 4, 2011 : 25.38 Rain and showers, clearing over the weekend. Highs in the high 50s and low 60s. Lows in the 40s. Wea;her information courtesy of the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Call 367-5132 for updated stream flow information. Foster Reservoir: 616.73 Green Peter: 1,005.38 God came from Teman ,.: ,,: The Holy One from tnt:aran, ,' ;:, His dor covered .:,:,: /',5 toe leavens, i '::..: ' And the earth was  ;' :: :   + fUlIHAAKKUKs.5of His praise. " i i,' ': , -_=_:-:__ -: --/-__ _:_ - _ VOUR COMML NITV _ -_- -__ - _ -%__" Krystina Tack returns home to h .qp prostate victims By Scan C. Morgan Of The New Era After developing a career as a medical physicist with prostate cancer research and clinical expe- rience, a Sweet Home native has returned home and is offering her help free to men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families. Krystina Tack. who has a Ph.D. in medical physics, is start- ing a prostate cancer support group and hosted the first meeting on Tuesday. The group is free and open to the public. The first meet- ing will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday night and then on the first Thursday of the month at the Jim Riggs Community Center. While in the Midwest. work- ing at a large prostate cancer treatment facility in Chicago, she participated in a prostate cancer support group, which helped many men and their families, Tack said. The group is intended to help men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and would like to know their treatment options and which questions to ask their doc- tors. she said. It's also helpful for those who have been treated and have questions or experiences they would like to share. The group is a source of information about pros- tate cancer from an experienced professional. Tack said she has already been helping people in the Sweet Home area. more than five who had the disease and needed to be treated. 541-367-2293 County residents get library card discount The Sweet Home Public Library is offering discounted library cards for out-of-town residents in East Linn County. A non-resident library card that would normally cost a person who lives outside of the City of Sweet Home $35 per year is being offered for $8.75 for a limited time: A Library Service and Technology grant from the Oregon State Library has been awarded to Sweet Hbme, Scio and Lebanon. discounting the non-resident card by 75 percent. Sweet Home has cards available on a first-come, first- served basis. For applications and more information visit the Sweet Home Public Library located at 1101 13th Ave. or call f541) 367-5007. "Basically, people would call me and ask questions," she said. "Patients being treated for prostate cancer aren't given the same treat- ment options. There is no law about what treatments are available." A law requires doctors to in- form patients about all of their treatment options for other types of cancer, but not so with prostate cancer. Tack said. Typically, when a patient pres- ents symptoms, it is to a urologist not a specialist, Tack said. The urologist is a surgeon, and the first option is surgery. Some patients do well with it. while others do not. "People ask. 'Do I need my prostate?'" Tack said. "qhe doctor says, no. and they cut it out.'" Later, the patient regrets it and becomes depressed because of complications, Tack said. Doctors say that about 20 percent of pa- tients have complications, but she thinks that figure should be higher with the most common non-skin cancers. Sometimes. she said. given the age of a patient, the treatment is worse than the disease. "Patients just aren't given all the options." she said. What she is really doing is giving people ri]ore to think about, information, what to ask doctors. Doctors lay out options and provide information, she said. Patients need to ask how doctors know how their patients fare with the treatment options they' re offer- ing and how they know how well their patients have done, whether the doctors ask their patients. Patients are purchasing some- thing, a treatment, and they should know everything they can about it. she said. "The town doctor used to know all there was to know in medicine." Tack said. Now there is so much information that no one can know all of it, and specialists are important to ensure a patient knows all of his options. "If anyone's got a question, show up," she said. It's not like Alcoholics Anonymous. She will give talks and provide information. No one needs to speak up. "I want people to show up and feel like they don't have to say a word and can leave without saying a word." The median age of prostate cancer victims is 72. Tack said. It typically strikes after 50, although it can show up in men in their 30s. Tack is a 1997 graduate of Sweet Home High School. She attended Linn-Benton Commu- nity College and graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in nuclear medicine. Af- ter working at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. she received an assistantship at OSU and earned her master's degree in radiation health physics in 2006. She completed an internship in Texas in 2010 and earned her doctorate in medical physics on a fellowship at the Universit of Texas Health Science Center. Her research was in prostate cancer therapy, specifically brach therapy. She went to work as a thera- peutic physicist in Chicago. She had worked with radiation oncolo- gist Brian Moran on her Ph.D., and he offered her a job in Chicago. At first, she wanted to work with head and neck cancers, she said. but then she had an oppor- tunity to advance her career by working with prostate cancer. Medical physicists are charged with maintaining medical machinery, like X-ray machines. As a therapeutic physicist, work- ing with oncologistS, she uses ra- diation to treat cancer. In brach therapy, radioactive metal seeds are implanted to deliver doses of radiation to the cancer. Cancer is unchecked cell growth. Tack said. The idea behind radiation therapy is to irradiate and destroy the cancerous cells while avoiding overdosing healthy sur- rounding tissue. -- -- -- - qh Look for our G and ()pening in May! ART SUPPLIES Sketch Artist Supplies  Art Lessons by Judy Dean Framing & Matting New Shipment of DaVinci Paints oil, acrylic, watercolor mail@ju@allery.ne 1227 Main St,. Sweet Home Krystina Tack After working in Chicago, she returned to Sweet Home and went to work at OSU. where she is di- rector of medical physics. The program is new at OSU in a joint program with Oregon Health Sciences University, start- ing this school year, she said. and it is the first time that Oregon has been able to educate medical phys- icists. "I think what motivated me to come back, everybody I know is here," Tack said. "I like Sweet Home. It's why 1 moved back. I love Sweet Home. Ultimately, whertver else you go, it's not home." And she wants to help her hometown, she said. "It's a way she can contribute. "I just want to make sure if "there is a need, it's being met." Tack said. It could be people who had treatment a long time ago, people wanting to know the risk of a certain treatment or family mem- bers who want to know more about the disease. "I want it to be available if people will benefit from it," she said. For more information, contact Tack at tackmp@gmail.com. The nursery is loaded with baskets and blooms. COME ON IN! Over 30 years experience. Free estimates Locally owned .Tear-offs with no mess . Hand nailed, architect & 3-tab shingles . Snap-lock, Hi-rib metal & fiat roofs . All workmanship guaranteed " CCB# 110950 .Since Keegan's accident in Januar our (amiLq has been showered with kind thoughts, premiers, & donations & we want to thank ever qone for their caring & kindness. 5pecial thanks go to: Tish Tack or establishing the donation und; Albert Niemi and Libert Construction (or donating time & carpentr expertise in remodeling our home; Greg Mahler & Hog's Hardware {:or donating materials {:or a ramp; Dill Langdon & his crew {:or donating their time to build the ramp; and the congregation o{: the River o{: LiCe church {:or putting on a wondeH:ull 9 success{:ul {:undraiser. It has amazed us & humbled us that so man 9 people care. We thank 9ou all {:rom the bottom o{: our hearts. Keegan, Rick & Alice burnett