Going through cancer treatment can be difficult on your body and it often leaves patients feeling fatigued. There are things you can do now and throughout your treatment to help maintain your energy and ease side effects.
Nutrition is important in cancer care
Eating the right kinds of foods in the right amounts can make a noticeable difference in your cancer treatment and recovery.
“To the best of our knowledge, there’s no super nutritional supplement that is going to dramatically impact outcomes in terms of cancer,” says Willamette Valley Cancer Institute medical oncologist Wayne Ormsby. “But we do know that eating a healthy, balanced diet does have a significant impact, not only in terms of a person’s day-to-day well-being, but they’re overall sense of health, and also how they tolerate treatment.” Read more.
When prostate cancer patients consider treatment options like radiation therapy, they often have a lot of questions. Willamette Valley Cancer Institute oncologists are here to help you make the best decisions for your individual situation.
“There’s a lot of misinformation and fear about radiation so I schedule extra time with patients,” says radiation oncologist Dr. David Fryefield. “We sit and talk and work our way through their questions and concerns.”
One challenge in treating the prostate is its location in the body. “It’s deep in the pelvis. The bladder sits right on top and the rectum sits right behind,” Dr. Fryefield says. “In the past, it was hard to treat the prostate and miss those other really important organs.”
But radiation therapy has come a long way. It is now delivered through several precise methods, resulting in fewer side effects for the patient. Read more.
No razors for 30 days. That’s the mantra for participants of Grow Your Mo, a community campaign to raise money for Oregon Cancer Foundation.
Thirteen men from Lane County are growing their facial hair for the month of November to spread awareness about OCF’s Financial Assistance Program. The program provides stopgap emergency funding to patients undergoing cancer treatment in Lane County.
Participants include Willamette Valley Cancer Institute oncologists Jeff Sharman, Charles Anderson, John Fitzharris and Matthew Lonergan, along with elected officials Pat Farr and Sean VanGordon. TV and radio personalities Rick Dancer, Barry MacGuire and Anthony Kustura are also in the lineup of men soliciting votes at growyourmo.org. Read more.
Eugene musician Paul Biondi has music in his blood. The 58-year-old picked up his first musical instrument in the fourth grade and has been playing professionally since age 13.
"I love what I do every day of my life," Paul says. "I'm so grateful to work on my craft for a living."
During his musical career, Paul has played with greats like Frank Sinatra, Tina Turner and Barbara Streisand. He's known for his ability to play almost any instrument in the woodwind family, as well as his trademark talent of playing two saxophones at once.
But in 2013, Paul's life hit a sour note when he was diagnosed with lymphoma and colon cancer. Read more.
Voting is now underway for the fourth annual Bras for a Cure fundraiser and this year's entries are not only colorful and creative, but many reflect stories of how cancer has touched so many lives. Read more.