When prostate cancer patients consider treatment options like radiation therapy, they often have a lot of questions. Willamette Valley Cancer Institute oncologists are here to help you make the best decisions for your individual situation.
“There’s a lot of misinformation and fear about radiation so I schedule extra time with patients,” says radiation oncologist Dr. David Fryefield. “We sit and talk and work our way through their questions and concerns.”
One challenge in treating the prostate is its location in the body. “It’s deep in the pelvis. The bladder sits right on top and the rectum sits right behind,” Dr. Fryefield says. “In the past, it was hard to treat the prostate and miss those other really important organs.”
But radiation therapy has come a long way. It is now delivered through several precise methods, resulting in fewer side effects for the patient. Read more.
No razors for 30 days. That’s the mantra for participants of Grow Your Mo, a community campaign to raise money for Oregon Cancer Foundation.
Thirteen men from Lane County are growing their facial hair for the month of November to spread awareness about OCF’s Financial Assistance Program. The program provides stopgap emergency funding to patients undergoing cancer treatment in Lane County.
Participants include Willamette Valley Cancer Institute oncologists Jeff Sharman, Charles Anderson, John Fitzharris and Matthew Lonergan, along with elected officials Pat Farr and Sean VanGordon. TV and radio personalities Rick Dancer, Barry MacGuire and Anthony Kustura are also in the lineup of men soliciting votes at growyourmo.org. Read more.
Eugene musician Paul Biondi has music in his blood. The 58-year-old picked up his first musical instrument in the fourth grade and has been playing professionally since age 13.
"I love what I do every day of my life," Paul says. "I'm so grateful to work on my craft for a living."
During his musical career, Paul has played with greats like Frank Sinatra, Tina Turner and Barbara Streisand. He's known for his ability to play almost any instrument in the woodwind family, as well as his trademark talent of playing two saxophones at once.
But in 2013, Paul's life hit a sour note when he was diagnosed with lymphoma and colon cancer. Read more.
Voting is now underway for the fourth annual Bras for a Cure fundraiser and this year's entries are not only colorful and creative, but many reflect stories of how cancer has touched so many lives. Read more.
Katie Burke’s life hasn’t gone exactly as planned. But as a patient navigator at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, she’s proof that life’s detours can take you places you’d never expected.
“I meet with newly diagnosed breast, lung and colorectal patients,” Katie says. “I walk them through the process and connect them with resources, like our social worker, our dietician and support groups. I’m a kind of cheerleader for patients all the way through.”
Katie understands the fear of a cancer diagnosis. After discovering a lump when she was 23, Katie was told she had breast cancer.
“The next thing I knew I was being sent to a medical oncologist, a plastic surgeon, and a genetic counselor,” she says. “I did Herceptin for a year. I had four rounds of chemotherapy, then I ended up having a double mastectomy with reconstruction.” Read more.