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Health Plus: Covenant Cancer Treatment Center

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Facing a cancer diagnosis means a lot of doctor visits and repeat trips to the hospital.

But thanks to the Covenant Cancer Treatment Center in Waterloo, patients are discovering a one-stop shop is available for them.

Here's Health Plus:

Robyn Knapp is used to being aggressive.

The Shell Rock woman was once a high school basketball star who went on to play at UNI.

But a breast cancer diagnosis in March has really called upon her strength.

"My mom had passed away from cancer, breast cancer, eight years ago and I was very adamant about the fact of doing a self-exam," she said.

A self-breast exam uncovered the 44-year-old's lump.

"Wednesday night, March 2, I was doing the exam, found the lump and then called got an appointment right away and within seven days I'd had the ultra-sound, mammogram, needle-core biopsy and they knew what they were gonna do, had a plan of action and on the 14th I had a double mastectomy."

She chose Covenant Cancer Treatment Center in Waterloo for treatment.

The center is unique because everyone from cancer doctors to social workers are under one roof.

"Patients almost become like family because they come here so often and get to know the people so well. We get to know them that it's a nice bond that's created, I think, and that helps the patients through this healing process," said Jeanne Mullen, a social worker.

And Robyn needed the emotional support as well, she lost her job after her diagnosis.

"Honestly there's not enough time to say how wonderful everybody has been. It's just been unbelievable, especially since they're not just treating my cancer and making sure I survive that, but they're helping me survive other aspects of my life," said Robyn.

"Some people may have insurance but have large deductibles and co-pays and that's a big problem for people, so then we look to organizations to help with those needs," said Jeanne.

A benefit for Robyn is being held at the 4-H building in Waverly on August 12 from 5-midnight.

 

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