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Decatur General scores big with cancer surgery

The article in Sunday's DAILY that Eric Fleischauer wrote about Linda Quillen's successful kidney cancer surgery, and Emily Saunders' photographs, recorded how technology is exporting cutting-edge medical care to smaller hospitals that are willing to invest in people and equipment.

Dr. Brent Sharpe and Dr. Frank Scalfano performed surgery on Ms. Quillen's cancerous kidney March 16. It took one hour and 37 minutes in a minimally invasive procedure that zapped her cancer while not harming surrounding tissue.

She was conscious throughout the procedure. By nightfall, she was attending her granddaughter's first birthday party.

Quackery?

No! A thousands time no. The future is here. It's here in Decatur and not in Huntsville.

Not only is the procedure a radical breakthrough for the patient, it's an important step for Decatur General Hospital in serving Morgan County and the surrounding areas.

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