When medical oncologist Dr. Jonathan Gross meets with newly diagnosed patients at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute in Corvallis, he’s there to listen and answer questions. “When you have a new diagnosis of cancer, it’s scary. It’s a whole new world for patients,” he says. “Most people don’t know the difference between different cancer types, the treatment options available and what they’re going to be facing in the future.”
When Amber Bell was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016, she thought her days of running marathons might be over. But this mom of three refused to accept that and has persevered, continuing to run while undergoing nearly four years of cancer treatment. This spring, Amber will be among the thousands of people running the Boston Marathon while raising money for charity.
When breast cancer is caught early, five-year survival rates are 99-percent, according to the American Cancer Society. But breast cancer is not just one specific disease; there are many different types.
It’s common for patients undergoing cancer treatment to experience side effects—symptoms that occur when the treatment affects healthy tissues or organs. Your health care team can help you prevent or treat many side effects; this is called palliative care or supportive care, and it’s an important part of cancer treatment.
Researchers are working to advance our understanding of pancreatic cancer and to improve survivorship for patients, but it is very difficult to detect or to diagnose the disease in its early stages. Pancreatic cancer often develops without symptoms, and there is no widely used method for early detection.
Collaboration and communication are essential for a successful team—and it’s no different when it comes to cancer care. “It’s really important to work together to get the patient the best care they need, in the sequence and timing they need it in,” says Dr. Keith Wells, a medical oncologist at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute’s Corvallis clinic. Dr. Wells and his colleague Dr. Jon Gross regularly consult about the best treatment plan for patients.
Sally Blair and her husband, Bo, enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season. But how the retired schoolteachers, married 51 years, celebrate the season has changed since Sally was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. “When cancer hit—that was just so much,” Sally says. “There was so much that had to go on. And some things had to change.”
Springfield police officer Robert Conrad is a loyal Ducks fan. Recently, he had the opportunity to tour the home of Oregon football as one of several cancer survivors being honored during the 2019 Fight Like a Duck campaign.
As fellows of The American Board of Naturopathic Oncology, Dr. Dunn and her colleague, Dr. Michelle Niesley, are naturopathic doctors who specialize in oncology. They provide patients evidence-based naturopathic therapies to improve quality of life during and after cancer treatment, helping to ease side effects, including nausea, fatigue, insomnia, neuropathy and even depression and anxiety.
Jay Trunnell has been a Ducks fan nearly his entire life. When the 62-year-old recently received the opportunity to tour Autzen Stadium, the Moshofsky Center and the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex—the hub of Oregon football—it was a day to remember.