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.
Major advances in diagnostics, surgeries and medical treatments made in breast cancer care are reshaping how doctors and patients approach the myriad challenges.
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.
When Laura Winner was diagnosed with breast cancer, she didn't know that she would meet some amazing women with similar stories of survival, through her own experience. Or that she would be one of 10 red carpet survivors honored at the Bras for Cause celebration, known as Girls Night Out.
Michael Nelson is a devoted Ducks fan. When he was recently invited to be part of a tour of Autzen Stadium, the Moshofsky Center and the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex—the operations center for Oregon's football program—he was awed by the experience.
This year, Sarah plans to participate in OCF's annual fundraiser called Bras for Cause. The money raised helps the foundation assist patients in Lane County with all types of cancers—through emotional support programs and financial assistance.
When Charity Crosby was diagnosed with breast cancer, she wanted to be informed and learn as much as she could about her diagnosis and treatment options. The more Charity thought about it, the more she realized that online information might not help her at all.
Shelly Kokkeler's love for cooking and her fascination with food science are what drive her passion to help cancer patients at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute. As a registered dietitian, board-certified in oncology nutrition, Shelly supports patients through their cancer journey and its various stages.
Recently, Kendall Subaru of Eugene and Subaru of Corvallis teamed up with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to deliver blankets and art kits to support patients receiving treatment at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute's Eugene and Corvallis clinics.