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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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