PITTSBURG — The Via Christi Cancer Center has been offering treatments, screenings and more for all adult cancers for over 20 years.

The center features state of the art technology and a fully-trained staff, which something Pittsburg Resident Kathy Stuckey said helped her feel safe through her treatment. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2016 and received 12 weeks of chemotherapy and 33 radiation treatments at the Via Christi Cancer Center.

“I was never really afraid,” she said. “I had confidence in my caregivers.

“I always feel comforted when I go there, there has been so much advancement in treatment and side effects.”

Via Christi employes a certified breast cancer navigator ,who is a registered nurse. The breast cancer navigator helps patients through the entire process from setting up appointments, going through treatments and more.

The center also has 3-D mammography equipment, which is currently the best technology for early detection of breast cancer.

A representative from the center said the goal is to begin or discuss treatment as soon as possible. The earlier patients get to the center, the higher likelihood for a good outcome.

Stuckey said she feels fortunate to have a cancer center in her hometown and it is an affordable option for those who previously had to travel to centers out of town.

“We are so fortunate to have a cancer center in Pittsburg,” Stuckey said. “We have fantastic oncologists and surgeons.

“I’m very pleased with the care I received.”

Stuckey noticed her cancer early.

“In late November I leaned forward to reach for something and my arm touched my chest,” she said. “I felt a lump in my breast.”

Stuckey said she is now cancer free and said she encourages women to do monthly breast examinations and yearly mammograms.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.