Clinical trial research at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center (WVCI) was published January in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), marking the second time in six months cancer research at WVCI appeared in the presitigous journal. Read more.
It had been 10 years since Heather McMillan had her kidney transplant. Since most transplants last only seven years, Heather knew another transplant was imminent. When she started feeling ill on a daily basis, it was easy to attribute her deteriorating health to her failing kidney. She waited patiently to get on the transplant list, dealing with constant pain, lack of appetite and a shortage of energy. Read more.
A cancer care team and a racecar pit crew may seem to have little in common. But they do when you consider that every person on the team is equally important, says Dr. Benjamin L. Cho, oncologist and practice president of Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center. One person checks the gas, another the engine and yet another the tires — all working together for the same purpose. Read more.
In July 2013, the Medicare Patient Access to Cancer Treatment Act (H.R. 2869), a bipartisan bill, was introduced to remedy a flawed Medicare payment policy that pays more to hospitals than cancer care centers for the same care. This legislation would equalize reimbursements for cancer treatments regardless of whether a service is delivered in the hospital or a physician office. We encourage you to reach out to your Representatives and encourage them to cosponsor the Medicare Patient Access to Cancer Treatment Act. Read more.
In this season of light and hope, we provide several stories of touching and inspiring demonstrations of love and friendship in support of cancer patients. Read more.