What is Staging?

An important part of treating a patient’s cancer is to first find out how far it has spread, or what “stage” it has reached.

“We want to know: Where is the cancer? Has it spread from where it originated in the body? And if it has spread, to what degree?” says Willamette Valley Cancer Institute oncologist Dr. Wayne Ormsby.

Knowing the stage helps doctors plan the appropriate type of treatment, estimate a patient’s prognosis and identify clinical trials that may be suitable.

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Posted July 21, 2015

Immunotherapy is life-changing for melanoma patient

Mary Weber looks forward to her daily bike ride each morning. It wasn’t too long ago that she didn’t have the strength to walk up a flight of stairs, let alone exercise.

“I was really sick,” Mary said. “I couldn’t do anything that a healthy person could do.”

Having grown up in San Diego, Mary spent her childhood at the beach. That was before most people understood the importance of using quality sunscreen.

“I was very fair and freckled—a prime candidate for sun damage,” she said.

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Posted July 15, 2015

Do your skin a favor, don’t forget sunscreen

With skin cancer being the most common of all cancers, protecting yourself from the sun is something to think about all year long, especially on these hot, summer days.

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Posted July 8, 2015

Teen donates more than $3,000 to help cancer patients

Thirteen-year-old Bella Moses has a big heart and an even bigger desire to help those in need. Instead of receiving gifts for her recent bat mitzvah, she decided to improve people's lives.

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Posted July 2, 2015

Facility expansion to improve patient experience

This summer, we will begin expanding our Country Club Road facility in Eugene by 8,000 square feet, with the goal of providing even better patient care. Once the expansion is complete, our RiverBend facility in Springfield will close. The expansion and consolidation will be completed in 2016.

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Posted June 19, 2015