The erratic way Veterans Affairs deals with cancer patients who seek treatment at a nonprofit clinic in Roseburg frustrates the center’s director. The VA sometimes requires Douglas County veterans to travel to VA hospitals in Portland or Seattle for lengthy and physically taxing treatments, which can separate them from friends and family for weeks. Veterans who choose to be treated at the Community Cancer Center on Stewart Parkway sometimes are left hoping that Medicare or private insurance will provide the same level of coverage as would the VA. “We constantly have patients coming in here saying their requests are being …
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