Mother of four finds inspiration in music after cancer diagnosis

If someone wrote a country music song about Sara Kaster’s life, she would want it to exude hope, strength, perseverance and triumph.

Those are the types of songs Sara listens to, to help her stay positive in her three and a half year fight against colorectal cancer.

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Posted March 18, 2016

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

A daily dose of exercise may ease the discomfort of cancer treatment

Starting or maintaining an exercise routine after a cancer diagnosis may be the last thing on your mind, but it's an empowering way to help you feel better.

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Posted January 20, 2015

Aspirin can lower risk of colon cancer for those with Lynch syndrome

A recent study at England's Universities of Newcastle and Leeds produced encouraging results for people at high-risk of colon cancer. The research studied 861 patients who had Lynch syndrome, or hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), which is a rare, inherited condition that increases a person's risk of developing colon cancer.

According to the research, taking aspirin daily for several years could help those with Lynch syndrome reduce their chance of developing colon cancer by 63 percent...

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Posted December 9, 2011