A cancer diagnosis often triggers months of medical appointments, from testing and treatment to follow-up care. At Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, a patient's visit often starts in the lab with a blood draw and a warm greeting.
"My goal, for myself, is just one stick and to make them smile," says Trisha Roberts, a lab technician and phlebotomist. Read more.
When Lynne Phillips was diagnosed with multiple myeloma more than a decade ago, she felt overwhelmed and scared.
"When you're diagnosed with something you've never heard of and you're told that it's incurable—that it's cancer—it's very hard to deal with that on your own," Lynne says. Read more.
Amber Bell and her family love Christmas—from the tree to the traditions and all the twinkling lights.
This year, however, this Springfield mom is undergoing chemotherapy for stage IV colon cancer, and while she wants to enjoy as much holiday fun as she can with her three daughters, ages 11, 9 and 2, it's physically difficult Read more.
When Viki Berry went to see her doctor after discovering a small lump on her hip, she received some unexpected news: She has non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. It's a moment she will never forget.
"I kind of left the room, mentally," Viki recalls. "I was just gone, because I was thinking, 'How did I get cancer? What did I do?' Read more.
Patients coming to WVCI's Country Club Road clinic between now and late January will need to use the rear service elevator to access the building's second floor departments. Read more.