Coral Burger has one wish this holiday season—to help as many people as possible have a Merry Christmas. Coral knows how difficult the holidays can be during cancer treatment. She watched her mom go through it.
Sherry Norman knows what it's like to sit for hours in the infusion room receiving cancer treatment. As a patient at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, she found hope and inspiration in an unlikely place—in a horse named Blondie. Blondie has now inspired Sherry to help other cancer patients in the community.
Dr. Emily Dunn recently received a 20 Under 40 Award for her commitment to excellence in providing cancer care to our patients and our community. The 20 under 40 Awards recognize 20 individuals committed to career excellence and who are engaged in making the Eugene-Springfield area a better place.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Annual screening is key in catching breast cancer early. 3D mammography allows radiologists to see the breast tissues more clearly than what a 2D picture provides, increasing the likelihood of spotting abnormalities. This imaging improvement is also reducing the number of patients who are called back for additional testing.