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.
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.
Clinical trials are the centerpiece for the drug-testing system in the United States.
Each cancer study conducted tries to answer scientific questions and determine better ways to prevent, diagnose or treat the disease. As researchers test the effectiveness of trial drugs, patients who participate, in many cases, benefit from life-saving treatment options years before they are available to the public.
As a member of The US Oncology Network, Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center offers patients access to one of the nation’s largest research networks.
“Historically, the perspective has been that in order to get the latest, greatest, most innovative care, someone has to go to a university,” says Dr. Jeff Sharman, Medical Director of Hematology for The US Oncology Network. “WVCI’s unique affiliation with The US Oncology Network enables us to bring trials to patients in Eugene.” Read more.
Join us on Friday, Sept. 18, when Oregon Pacific Bank hosts “Light the Grill”, an annual BBQ fundraiser (formerly called “Goodwill Grill”) to benefit the local chapter of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).
This is the fifth year for the event, which has raised over $100,000 for LLS. In addition to delicious food, Light the Grill will also feature more than 65 auction items and live music by Bob Cowsill, from the 1960s internationally acclaimed band The Cowsills, which the TV show The Partridge Family is based on. The Blue Valentines will also perform.
Jeff Gusinow, Oregon Pacific Bank’s Senior Vice President founded Light the Grill, along with Dr. Jeff Sharman, Director of Research at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center.
Gusinow launched the event after he was diagnosed with a non-curable form of lymphoma eight years ago. Committed to raising both money and awareness, he has been selected as one of nine survivors to be featured in the current LLS national advertising campaign. Read more.
Stacie Overman can tell you all about the ugly side of cancer—what the disease looks like when it ravages a family, what it’s taken from her and the struggles she’s faced.
Instead, nine years after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Stacie chooses to reflect on what cancer has taught her and make the most of what she calls “a blessed life.”
“Being diagnosed with cancer is very scary and you can’t help but worry about the unknowns. Will I survive? How difficult will it be?” Stacie says. “It’s hard to tell someone not to worry, but if there’s one thing that I could have done differently—that I can share with others now, it’s to love every moment and enjoy every person who’s put in your path.”
Stacie was 36-years-old when she was diagnosed. She faced the disease alongside her late husband Hank Sisk who lost his own battle against a rare form of gastrointestinal cancer several years later. Stacie’s journey is chronicled in a video series here. Read more.