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. Read more.
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. Read more.
Breast cancer taught Sara Hense an important lesson: She is stronger than she realized. This 35-year-old mom was six months pregnant with her third child when she discovered a lump in her right breast. After undergoing an ultrasound, then a mammogram and finally a biopsy, she learned it was cancer. Read more.
In the Faces of Breast Cancer story reported on KMTR NewSource 16 this month, several of our patients reveal their stories. You'll also hear from Willamette Valley Cancer Institute's own nutritionist Shelly Kokkeler, RD, and Dr. Julie Gemmell about nutrition and ways to keep healthy, for cancer prevention and long-term health. Read more.
Cancer can be frightening. There's no denying it. So I can understand why, in a situation that feels out of control, patients seek ways to take control back. One of the most common ways is through self-treatment. Read more.