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Treatment advances bring hope to lung cancer patients

As a young adult, Anne Gallagher knew there would be plenty of things she would have to deal with in her life. She never expected a lung cancer diagnosis to be one of them. "I was 25, and it completely rocked my world and changed my future," she says. Anne's diagnosis nearly 15 years ago reaffirmed her desire to help other patients through her work in oncology. Five years ago, she joined the staff [...]

By | May 23rd, 2017|Blog, Lung Cancer, Targeting Cancer|

Lung cancer patient encourages others to ‘Be your best advocate’

Linda Pernell is looking forward to her 55th high school reunion this summer in southern Oregon, maybe more so than the average person. After being diagnosed with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), she wasn’t sure how much time she had left. “I’ve been through a lot and I feel like a different person,” Linda says, recalling the last several years—the physical toll of the cancer and the desperate search for an accurate diagnosis. [...]

By | May 23rd, 2016|Blog, Lung Cancer, Patient Stories|

New lung cancer therapies inspire hope at summit

Anne with Chris Draft, former NFL player and founder of the Chris Draft Family Foundation There’s a saying in the lung cancer community: If you have lungs, you can get lung cancer. It happened to Anne Gallagher, a patient navigator at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, and according to the American Lung Association, there are more than 400,000 Americans living today who have been diagnosed with lung cancer. But there is hope, says [...]

By | May 18th, 2016|Blog, Inside WVCI, Lung Cancer|

Harnessing the immune system to treat lung cancer

When it comes to improving the outcomes for patients with lung cancer, advances in treatment are important. And so is detecting the disease early. In 2015, two significant breakthroughs happened: Medicare instituted coverage of lung cancer CT screening for those considered high-risk. And significant steps were made in the development of immunotherapy drugs. “We’ve spent the last 20 to 30 years figuring out ways to kill rapidly dividing cancer cells,” says Willamette Valley Cancer [...]

By | January 18th, 2016|Blog, Lung Cancer|

Quest for quality cancer care leads to Eugene

Lynn Samuels is on what she calls a "medical safari." She and her husband, Loren, are temporary transplants in Eugene. They came here following an extensive search for the specialized care Lynn needed, which they found at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center, under the care of Dr. Jeff Sharman and Dr. Haidy Lee. "I think a person really needs to get proactive and educate themself and look at all the options. That's [...]

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