Photographer views cancer diagnosis through unique lens

When Bob Petit gazes through his camera lens, he sees wonder and beauty. Calling himself a “serious amateur,” his love of photography has grown over the years. Yet, not even with the clearest of lenses, could Bob have seen his cancer diagnosis coming.

“I had a feeling something was wrong, because I was sleeping 14 hours a day,” Bob says. “But I didn’t think about cancer.”

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Posted April 20, 2016

How is prognosis determined?

One of the first questions typically asked by patients diagnosed with cancer is, “How serious is it?”

Your oncologist can't predict the future, but he or she can make an estimate based on other people's experiences with the same type of cancer. This is referred to as a prognosis.

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Posted April 11, 2016

Volunteers offer support to patients through nourishing meals

In a community kitchen near downtown Eugene, 14-year-old Eli Panero chops garlic. A lot of garlic. His eyes periodically scan the the counter in front of him for the ingredients he needs to create the recipe, Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato and Olive Pesto.

“I’m really interested in learning how to cook,” he says. “I’d never done it until I came here.”

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Posted April 6, 2016

Three clinical trials for ovarian cancer available at WVCI

Patients with certain types of ovarian cancer now have access to three clinical trials that study the results of new therapies.

These therapies are advancing ovarian cancer research in new and exciting ways, says gynecologic oncologist Dr. Charles Anderson, who was instrumental in bringing the trials to Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center.

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Posted March 30, 2016

Mother of four finds inspiration in music after cancer diagnosis

If someone wrote a country music song about Sara Kaster’s life, she would want it to exude hope, strength, perseverance and triumph.

Those are the types of songs Sara listens to, to help her stay positive in her three and a half year fight against colorectal cancer.

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Posted March 18, 2016