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Renewal Suite Helps Breast Cancer Patient Find Normalcy While in Treatment

Undergoing breast cancer treatment can be life changing. Patients can lose their hair, weight, and parts of their body to survive.

Posted: Oct 18, 2018 10:11 AM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- Undergoing breast cancer treatment can be life changing. Patients can lose their hair, weight, and parts of their body to survive. Now hospitals like Sky Lakes Cancer Treatment Center are helping patients take control of their treatment. 

63-year-old Deanna Vest is inside the Renewal Suite at Sky Lakes Cancer Treatment Center. The walls are lined with various wigs, colorful head scarves, and hats for patients and survivors to wear. 

Vest was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in January of 2018, "The first few times I drove up to the cancer center I thought 'I don't belong here', but then I realized I want everything they have," says Deanna Vest. 

Over the past 10 months Deanna has undergone chemotherapy and a mastectomy. She's wearing a wig she picked out in the renewal suite a couple months ago, one that she says makes her feel like she blends in. 

"People aren't asking 'Oh you know you must be in chemotherapy' cause I really didn't want to project that. I wanted to be like I usually have been," says Vest. 

Now Vest is here to get a breast prosthetic. She's working with Peggy Medina, the owner of Wellness Wear.

"It's great to do something every day that uplifts someone," says Medina, "afterwards they feel great and give you a hug and walk out standing taller."

65 people have benefited from the items in the Renewal Suite since January. On average wigs can range from $150 to $500. A prosthetic can range from $200 to $350. Sky Lakes Medical Center tells NewsWatch12 bra and prosthetic services are offered to all breast cancer patients whether they have insurance or not. 

Vest says she's happy with how her mastectomy went, "I'm glad it's done, I will look at reconstruction in the future, and we'll just go from there."

Right now she's done with chemotherapy, and her breast cancer has been downgraded to stage one. She will be taking targeted therapies until next April. 

"I'm feeling like I want to travel and do things again. I liked to stay close to home when I was doing chemo. We're looking at doing some stuff in the spring," says Vest. 

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