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Lake Regional Welcomes Radiation Oncologist Reed E. Cope, M.D.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Reed E. Cope, M.D. Reed E. Cope, M.D.

Lake Regional Cancer Services is pleased to welcome Reed E. Cope, M.D., a radiation oncologist. Dr. Cope is joining Missouri Cancer Associates, a team of cancer experts who provide care at Lake Regional Cancer Center and facilities throughout Missouri.

“Our patients choose Lake Regional for their cancer care because we offer the latest treatments and personalized support,” said Marcy Maxwell, R.N., director of Lake Regional Cancer Services. “We are excited to add another radiation oncologist to our team of knowledgeable providers.”

Dr. Cope earned his medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. He completed an internship in internal medicine at the University of Missouri–Kansas City and a residency in radiation oncology at the University of Minnesota.

“I chose radiation oncology because it combines my loves for physics, medicine and people,” Dr. Cope said. “I strive to provide excellent care, to always offer a listening ear, to explain all of the medical tests and procedures as well as I can, and to seek to get to know each patient as a person. It is, of course, rewarding to be able to provide good news and share that a tumor has shrunk or a cancer appears to be cured, but it is also incredibly rewarding just to know that I have made a positive impact on someone’s journey through life.”

Dr. Cope and his wife, M.E., met at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. They have a golden doodle named Arlo. They enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling, trying new foods and finding things to do outside. Dr. Cope also enjoys playing sports and has a passion for chess.

At Lake Regional Cancer Center, patients receive radiation therapy with a state-of-the-art linear accelerator. The equipment’s superior imaging enables very precise delivery, resulting in less radiation to healthy tissue. Plus, the equipment at Lake Regional Cancer Center has a mode of delivery — volumetric modulated arc therapy — that reduces the length of each treatment by as much as 50 percent or more. The quick delivery improves accuracy because patients are less likely to move during shorter treatments. Learn more about radiation therapy and other offerings at Lake Regional Cancer Center at