Tiffany Olson will never think of New Year’s Eve quite the same way. On Dec. 31, 2014, when her friends and family were preparing to welcome in a new year full of possibilities, Tiffany learned she had breast cancer.
“When my doctor gave me the news, I just stared at him,” she says. “Everyone who knows me knows I’m a talker. But in that moment, I was speechless.”
A week earlier, on Christmas Eve morning, Tiffany was getting into the shower when she felt a lump. The day after Christmas, she went in for an ultrasound, then an MRI a week later.
“When they did the MRI, three radiologists looked at the results and thought it was dense breast tissue, not cancer. So they didn’t think there was anything I needed to worry about.”
But the pathology report confirmed it was cancer and Tiffany, a 45-year-old wife and mother of two, was instantly scared. Read more.
One of Julie Jenkins' favorite things is watching her 4th grade son and his friends play football. Last weekend's game is one she will never forget.
"It was amazing. I was so touched. It made me cry," she said. Julie is one of the team moms for the Churchill Pop Warner Junior Pee Wee team in Eugene. She is also a breast cancer survivor. The team of 9- and 10-year-olds surprised Julie when they showed up for Sunday's game wearing pink socks. Read more.
Physicians and staff at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center are in the process of implementing a new electronic health records system (EHR) that offers significant benefits to patients.
McKesson Specialty Health designed the system, called iKnowMed Generation 2, in collaboration with US Oncology Network physicians, including Dr. Benjamin Cho. It was developed to improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of cancer care.
"It's a win-win all the way around," says Willamette Valley Cancer Institute's Executive Director Chris Achtien. "It will benefit first and foremost our patients and secondly physicians and staff who are using the system." Read more.
Endometrial cancer surgery is one of the most common procedures performed by gynecologic oncologists at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute. While the procedure is most often a less invasive option than open surgery, patients may still be anxious about what to expect.
Endometrial cancer surgery involves a complete hysterectomy, which includes removal of the uterus, the cervix, both fallopian tubes and ovaries.
“Sometimes, we also take lymph nodes for biopsy to see if the cancer has escaped beyond the uterus,” gynecologic oncologist Dr. Kathleen Yang says. “That will determine what we call staging of the cancer.” Read more.
Shirley Lyons and her daughter Toviana Jackson are in the emotion business.
For more than 40 years, the family has owned and operated Dandelions Flowers & Gifts in Eugene.
“We see the births, we see the deaths, we see illness, and we send flowers for those occasions,” Shirley says. “So our work is touching people’s lives during the greatest and most difficult times in their lives.”
Four years ago, the mother-daughter team felt compelled to create an event that would bring awareness to breast cancer and raise money to support patients going through treatment. Borrowing a concept that has been used around the country, Bras for a Cure was born: Invite people to decorate a bra, put the creations on display, and encourage people to donate by voting for their favorites. Read more.