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About Willamette Valley Cancer Institute

By providing easy access to the full range of advanced oncology care services, Willamette Valley Canter Institute and Research Center plays a major role in helping patients fight the battle against cancer. Through our affiliation with the US Oncology Network, one of the largest cancer treatment and research networks in the country, we offer the latest advances in therapies, research and technology close to home. Visit us at one of our locations in Eugene, Springfield, Corvallis or Florence. Meet our staff, tour our facilities, and learn why we believe there is no limit to what is possible.

Proceeds from Argentine tango classes support local cancer patients

Charles and Wella Augustine have been doing the Argentine tango since they met at a social dance seven years ago. Now, they teach community classes for beginning, intermediate and advanced students, and they donate the proceeds to Oregon Cancer Foundation, providing financial assistance to cancer patients in Lane County.

By | December 7th, 2018|Blog, Targeting Cancer|

How to handle the holidays during cancer treatment

Laura Bunsen of Albany, Oregon loves the holidays and all the traditions. But when she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, the holidays were tough. She didn't have the energy to do all the things she had done before and that frustrated her. Laura shares how she learned to be OK with doing less and now focuses on what matters most to her.

By | December 4th, 2018|Targeting Cancer|

Healing garden and bench dedicated to two cancer care pioneers

On the day before his retirement, Dr. Fryefield, who co-founded WVCI in 1997, stood before a crowd of well-wishers singing the praises of Carolyn Duquette, the cancer center’s first executive director. He unveiled a bench near the Eugene clinic’s entrance, dedicated to Carolyn, who passed away last year from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

By | November 20th, 2018|Blog, Inside WVCI|

Robotic surgery offers less invasive treatment of gynecologic cancers

The FDA approved robotic technology for gynecologic surgeries in 2006. Dr. Audrey Garrett, Dr. Charles Anderson and Dr. Kathleen Yang at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute are the only gynecologic oncologists between Sacramento and Portland on the I-5 corridor using this technology. Between them, they have performed almost 3,000 surgical procedures.

By | November 6th, 2018|Blog, Targeting Cancer|

Colon cancer survivor encourages others to focus on what matters

Robin Gambino considers herself an optimist. So, when her health took a turn shortly before Christmas in 2013, she expected to be back on her feet in no time. Even as she lay on a gurney in the hospital emergency room waiting for her diagnosis, she believed that whatever was wrong with her wasn't severe.

By | October 24th, 2018|Blog, Patient Stories|

Clinical trials changing the treatment playbook for patients

Clinical research trials are revealing much more about individual cancer cells—what makes them change and grow and how to shut them down; however, less than five percent of eligible adult cancer patients participate in trials. Michael Heer of Eugene credits ongoing research to giving him more options to manage his cancer, and more time with his family.

By | October 23rd, 2018|Blog, Targeting Cancer|

Navigating Breast Cancer Part 2: Breast cancer treatment advances used locally

Major advances in diagnostics, surgeries and medical treatments made in breast cancer care are reshaping how doctors and patients approach the myriad challenges.

By | October 9th, 2018|Blog, Breast Cancer|

Navigating Breast Cancer Part 1: Breast cancer diagnosis leads women into medical obstacle course

It was a Saturday evening when Bev Gillaspie found the cancer growing in her breast. Just five months before, the Eugene resident received a mammogram with clear results, but the tumor was already so large she could see its lumpy protrusion beneath her skin when standing in front of a mirror.

By | October 9th, 2018|Blog, Breast Cancer|
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