Breast cancer inspires patient to help others

Every Monday, Diana Whitmire drives to Willamette Valley Cancer Institute's RiverBend clinic in Springfield. Her standing appointment is not with her doctor—Diana's been cancer-free for 6 months—instead, she's there to meet with other patients.

Diana volunteers at the Cancer Resource Center at RiverBend, a partnership between WVCI and the American Cancer Society.

"I have the ability to help brighten a patient's day by connecting them with resources and information," Diana says. "It's huge for me to have the opportunity to do that."

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Posted July 21, 2016

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WVCI staff celebrates survivorship at Relay for Life

Trenda Dominguez is grateful every day—grateful to assist patients though her job as a scheduler for Willamette Valley Cancer Institute's gynecologic oncology department and grateful to call herself a cancer survivor.

Nearly ten years ago, at age 35 and just after the birth of her son, Trenda was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. 

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Posted June 28, 2016

A test of endurance, an act of compassion

If someone had told Dan Johnston last year that he would compete in a triathlon, he'd have said they were crazy. But, this weekend, Dan will compete at the Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival in Sunriver, Oregon. 

"I never imagined doing a triathlon in my life. Honestly, I thought it sounded awful," Dan says. "It blows my mind that I'm able to do this.

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Posted June 22, 2016

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Attitude is everything

When Fred Wittkop spoke at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute's Cancer Survivors Celebration earlier this month, he wanted those in attendance to know one thing: when it comes to cancer, having a positive attitude is critical.

"The reality is you cannot control certain things that happen to you," Fred says. "You have to snap out of your funk and figure out what you're going to do next."

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Posted June 20, 2016

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Retired WVCI physician honored with bench at Mount Pisgah

Dr. Peter Kovach spent 20 of his 33 years in oncology caring for patients at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute. Dr. Kovach retired earlier this year and, as is tradition at WVCI, discussion among the physicians began over what to present him as a retirement gift. 

For a man often described as compassionate and caring and who dedicated decades to his patients, they decided on the perfect gift—a beautifully crafted wooden bench placed trailside on Mount Pisgah for others to enjoy.

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Posted June 14, 2016

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