Physicians and staff at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center are in the process of implementing a new electronic health records system (EHR) that offers significant benefits to patients.
McKesson Specialty Health designed the system, called iKnowMed Generation 2, in collaboration with US Oncology Network physicians, including Dr. Benjamin Cho. It was developed to improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of cancer care.
"It's a win-win all the way around," says Willamette Valley Cancer Institute's Executive Director Chris Achtien. "It will benefit first and foremost our patients and secondly physicians and staff who are using the system." Read more.
Endometrial cancer surgery is one of the most common procedures performed by gynecologic oncologists at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute. While the procedure is most often a less invasive option than open surgery, patients may still be anxious about what to expect.
Endometrial cancer surgery involves a complete hysterectomy, which includes removal of the uterus, the cervix, both fallopian tubes and ovaries.
“Sometimes, we also take lymph nodes for biopsy to see if the cancer has escaped beyond the uterus,” gynecologic oncologist Dr. Kathleen Yang says. “That will determine what we call staging of the cancer.” Read more.
Shirley Lyons and her daughter Toviana Jackson are in the emotion business.
For more than 40 years, the family has owned and operated Dandelions Flowers & Gifts in Eugene.
“We see the births, we see the deaths, we see illness, and we send flowers for those occasions,” Shirley says. “So our work is touching people’s lives during the greatest and most difficult times in their lives.”
Four years ago, the mother-daughter team felt compelled to create an event that would bring awareness to breast cancer and raise money to support patients going through treatment. Borrowing a concept that has been used around the country, Bras for a Cure was born: Invite people to decorate a bra, put the creations on display, and encourage people to donate by voting for their favorites. Read more.
Rick Dancer is a storyteller. It’s his passion and his talent.
But in January of 2010, Rick’s own story took a life-changing turn when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
He had already been through some tough times prior to his diagnosis. After 20 years in broadcast journalism, he’d quit his job as a high-profile TV news anchor and made an unsuccessful run for the position of Oregon’s Secretary of State.
“I felt like I’d lost a lot,” Rick says. “I’d given up, and fought and lost, fought and lost. So when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I was so afraid of losing again.” Read more.
Clinical trials are the centerpiece for the drug-testing system in the United States.
Each cancer study conducted tries to answer scientific questions and determine better ways to prevent, diagnose or treat the disease. As researchers test the effectiveness of trial drugs, patients who participate, in many cases, benefit from life-saving treatment options years before they are available to the public.
As a member of The US Oncology Network, Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center offers patients access to one of the nation’s largest research networks.
“Historically, the perspective has been that in order to get the latest, greatest, most innovative care, someone has to go to a university,” says Dr. Jeff Sharman, Medical Director of Hematology for The US Oncology Network. “WVCI’s unique affiliation with The US Oncology Network enables us to bring trials to patients in Eugene.” Read more.