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Oncologist returns to Dickinson to provide treatment for cancer patients

Dr. Edward Wos, medical oncologist at Sanford Health, speaks with his staff at Sanford Health West Dickinson Clinic on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Sydney Mook / The Dickinson Press

Going through cancer treatments can be exhausting and difficult, both for the patient and their family, but having a doctor with a familiar face can make the process easier.

Edward Wos, a medical oncologist, is joining the staff at Sanford Health West Dickinson Clinic, which will allow Sanford to see more cancer patients for treatment. Wos will travel from Bismarck twice a week.

Sherri Forsh, clinical coordinator for Sanford's infusion center, said they are excited to have Wos on board at the Dickinson clinic. She added that having Wos at the clinic two days a week will give them greater flexibility when it comes to patient care.

"It's great to have him back in Dickinson," she said. "He has a lot of patients that are already his clientele who've had to switch to different doctors. So, now they can come back to him and they're very, very familiar with him."

Wos got his start in Dickinson in 2001 at St. Joseph's cancer center. He continued working in Dickinson at Sanford until about a year and half ago when Dr. Sri Obulareddy took over as a full time oncologist at Sanford's Dickinson Clinic. Obulareddy was the primary oncologist at the Dickinson clinic for about a year and half before she left at the end of 2017. Wos's first day on the job again in Dickinson was Tuesday, Feb. 6.

While there may be a period of time Wos has missed, Fosh said she knows that he'll be able to pick up where he left off.

"He has an amazing memory and he's a great doc," she said. "It's nice for them to be able to plug in with a doc that they already know and are comfortable with."

Forsh worked with Wos in the past when he first came to St. Joseph's cancer center in the early 2000's. She said she enjoys working with him.

"He's very good," she said. "He's very understanding and easy to work with. We report to him and he helps get the patients what they need."

Forsh added that it's nice for Dickinson to have an oncologist so patients don't have to travel as far to receive care.

"They can see the doc here and get their infusion and then go home," she said.

Wos said it can sometimes be difficult for smaller towns to accommodate an oncologist because of the population, but having someone who can travel to a city like Dickinson is important, especially for patients who may have to have chemotherapy treatments once a week or once every few weeks.

"It enables us to have the patients seen and treated so they don't have to route out to Bismarck, which in the wintertime can be quite challenging especially for the elderly and sicker patients, so it helps them a lot," he said. "... It's definitely a benefit to have this kind of service in a smaller community, especially this far out from a bigger city."

Wos said the Dickinson Clinic does not offer radiation treatment because it is a specialized field.

"If people don't require radiation then they can get all of their infusion right over here," he said.

The infusion center has a close relationship with oncology, Forsh said. The center will help administer any chemotherapies that Wos would order, as well as hydration care and infusions for rheumatology, steroid infusions for patients with multiple sclerosis and more.

Wos received his medical degree in 1987, completed his Internal Medicine Residency in 1991 and completed his Hematology Oncology Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic in 1995. He said he is "excited" to be back working in the Dickinson area again.

"I'm excited to be back in the area," he said. "There's actually some patients that followed me out to Bismarck, but now they're going to be able to come out here so they're really happy. It's nice for people to have the ability to get treatment without having to be farmed out. I think that's very helpful to them."

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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