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

What happens during radiation therapy for prostate cancer?

When patients undergo radiation therapy, it’s common for them to ask: What will it feel like?

At Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, we deliver a variety of radiation treatments using the Trilogy Linear Accelerator by Varian Medical Systems. Its powerful, advanced motion management capabilities make it possible to treat tumors with precision and efficiency.

“Typically, patients are amazed after their first few treatments, because it’s kind of like getting an X-ray,” says WVCI radiation oncologist Dr. David C. Fryefield. “You lie on the table, you don’t move and the machine rotates around you.”

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Posted March 4, 2016

Community answers the call for hat donations

The staff at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute would like to say thank you for the incredible gifts we recently received from the community.

Each year, we provide knitted hats to our patients during the cold winter months, which make a big difference, especially for those who’ve lost their hair due to chemotherapy.

“Our patients are welcome to take any hat they want. It’s still cold out, and you lose a lot of heat through your head,” says WVCI patient navigator Anne Gallagher.  

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Posted February 24, 2016