Entries Tagged "The Register-guard"

“Goodwill Grill” to raise money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

After living with follicular lymphoma for five years, Jeff Gusinow has decided more needs to be done to raise awareness and money to fight the disease.

To do so, Gusinow has planned a “Goodwill Grill” barbecue and raffle to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The fundraiser is happening this Friday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Suislaw Bank, where Gusinow heads the private banking division. The event includes a raffle for car detailing, a ski rental package, golf, wine baskets and more. Admission and lunch costs $10 and raffle tickets are $5 each...

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Josh Kermisch, executive director of WVCI

Posted September 15, 2011

With support, survivor finds a sense of belonging after treatment

In a recent interview with The Register-Guard, breast cancer survivor Marli Ward said she made it through treatment in “take-care-of-it mode." But when treatment ended, she said, physical and emotional challenges were still lingering, and she needed help coping with them. She found support and a sense of belonging at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute’s breast cancer support group, led by Oncology Social Worker Lynda Godell.

Diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, an aggressive form, Ward was hesitant about attending the support group, but she found that it helped...

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By Josh Kermisch, executive director of WVCI

Posted October 20, 2011

“Bras for a Cause” tree wins Festival of Trees’ “Best Use of Theme”

Adorned with colorful pennants and playful lingerie, Willamette Valley Cancer Institute’s entry in the 19th annual Festival of Trees won “Best Use of Theme” over the weekend.

The tree’s theme was inspired by WVCI breast cancer patients and their battle with the disease, recognizing both survivors and those who've lost their fight.

According to an article that appeared in the The Register-Guard, WVCI’s tree was a favorite among Festival-goers...

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By Josh Kermisch, executive director of WVCI

Posted November 29, 2011

Study says folate cancels out increased cancer risk from alcohol

The health benefits and detriments of drinking alcohol are often debated. Some research shows that moderate consumption of red wine helps reduce heart disease and bad cholesterol. But, there are also many known risks with excessive alcohol consumption, including increased cancer risk.

In a recent article of The Register-Guard, nutritionist Linda Prout cites a Harvard study about the interaction between alcohol and folate. Folate is a B-vitamin that's essential for DNA creation and cell growth. Alcohol inhibits the body's absorption of folate, and deficiencies in folate are linked to several cancers, memory loss and depression...

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By Josh Kermisch, executive director of WVCI

Posted December 27, 2011

Jane Baumgart copes with ovarian cancer, “Quilts of Hope” will live on

When diagnosed with ovarian cancer last April, Jane Baumgart was given one to two years to live. A wife, mother and nurse, she copes with the prognosis and lives each day to the fullest.

KVAL News visited her at home and followed her through an appointment at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute with Medical Oncologist Peter Kovach. Watch the full story below.

To learn about her project, "Quilts of Hope," read The Register-Guard's article and watch the video story here...

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By Josh Kermisch, executive director of WVCI

Posted February 13, 2012

Survivor celebration, unveiling of the “Believe Boutique” draws a crowd

Inspiring survivor stories captured the hearts of many at the standing-room-only celebration of National Cancer Survivors Day at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute’s Country Club location on Sunday, June 3. 

Survivors, many accompanied by family and friends, came together with WVCI staff and physicians for a supportive and emotional event to honor those who’ve battled cancer and those who are still fighting...

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By Josh Kermisch, executive director of WVCI

Posted June 4, 2012

News highlights research, services and support at WVCI

On Sunday, June 10, two front-page articles of The Register-Guard featured Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center.

"Fighting Cancer: Springfield doctor leads trials for breakthrough treatments" highlights clinical trials directed by Dr. Jeff Sharman...

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By Josh Kermisch, executive director of WVCI

Posted June 15, 2012

In Register-Guard, Dr. Dotters writes about life after cancer treatment

When cancer treatment ends, many people are left with emotional, physical and financial challenges. Some find it difficult to return to their "normal" life. As a gynecologic oncologist at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and a four-year survivor of breast cancer, Dr. Deborah Dotters understands this issue first-hand.

In an opinion piece in The Register-Guard, Dr. Dotters writes, "Helping patients with this phase of their cancer treatment — their survivorship — is a relatively new area of cancer care, but one that is incredibly important." Read her full article...

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By Josh Kermisch, executive director of WVCI

Posted August 14, 2012

Register-Guard columnist Bob Welch tells lymphoma patient’s story

Last Spring, Norma Jolly was gravely sick with a type of blood cancer called follicular lymphoma. And at 83 years old, she had other health problems that left her unable to tolerate traditional chemotherapy.

Hospice was a clear choice. But her physician at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center, Dr. Benjamin Cho, tested her cancer cells and thought she could be a candidate for an experimental drug being studied through a research trial at WVCI...

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Posted January 16, 2013