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For residents of California's vast rural areas, where nine hospitals have closed in the past decade, a cancer diagnosis can be especially frightening. Here's why.
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Rural hospitals have been closing at alarming rate across the nation, including California's Central Valley. What happens to rural residents when a local hospital closes it doors? And is telemedicine really the solution?

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While he was on probation for failing to have a surgeon handle a patient's bowel repairs, Dr. John Perry continued his dangerous ways -- this time with a cancer patient who should have seen an oncologist.

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A viable treatment option for women who already have breast cancer, mastectomy has become a controversial procedure for women who want to reduce their chances of getting it in the first place.

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Health writers can help readers understand that less treatment sometimes makes the most sense.

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When it comes to health issues, the southeastern corner of Virginia usually is pretty average. That’s why I was surprised to discover a report that showed a city in my readership area has the highest cancer mortality rate in the state.

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When it comes to health issues, the southeastern corner of Virginia usually is pretty average. That’s why I was surprised to discover a report that showed a city in my readership area has the highest cancer mortality rate in the state.

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