New treatment takes mom of six from dark days to living life again

Brandee Perkins found hope when she least expected it.

The 40-year-old mother is fighting melanoma, and after nearly two years marred by disappointments, failed treatments and a lot of pain, she'd all but given up. Things changed dramatically about three months ago when Brandee became the first person in Oregon to be given an immunotherapy called Keytruda, immediately following FDA approval.

To fully understand the significance this treatment is having on Brandee's life, you have to know what she's been through.

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Posted December 11, 2014

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Help support cancer patients this holiday season

During this season of giving, I would like to tell you about an organization that is touching the lives of cancer patients in our community in a profound way.

Oregon Cancer Foundation is an important partner to Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, giving hope and helping our patients when they need it most. Through the Oregon Cancer Foundation, someone undergoing cancer treatment may receive a bag of groceries, a tank of gas or the payment of a utility bill...

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By: Benjamin L. Cho, MD


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Posted December 2, 2014

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Movember is just Ducky with new T-shirt

The famous Duck, recognized and beloved by University of Oregon fans everywhere, is now sporting a "stache!"

This new T-shirt declaring "Mo Ducks!" is available for a limited time at The Duck Store and online to support Movember Eugene 2014 and to bring awareness to men's cancers.

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Posted November 19, 2014

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A silver lining to the cancer experience

Cancer can be an awful experience. From the fear, the illness itself, the cost of treatment, and the inconvenience to life. Cancer isn't something I would wish on anyone.

But, there can be a silver lining.

Read my post about how using a blog to talk to friends and loved ones can create a sense of community.

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By: Jeff Sharman, MD


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Posted November 14, 2014

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Bringing awareness to a hairy situation

Welcome to Movember, the month of the moustache - a.k.a "the stache."  It's the month dedicated to changing the face of men's health and getting people talking about it. It's a time when men are encouraged to grow their facial hair in a show of solidarity for the cause and to raise awareness in a very eye-catching and conversation-starting kind of way.

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Posted November 6, 2014