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Telegenetics offer patients a closer look at their inheritable cancer risk

Genevieve White wants to know more about her family tree. And for good reason: many of her relatives on her mother's side of the family have developed some type of cancer. "I'm the first one in three generations of my family to survive colon cancer," Genevieve says. "I want to know what's going on, mostly for the sake of the next generations, like my nieces and my nephews." Genetics and cancer risk Most cancer cases [...]

Cutting-edge therapies give melanoma patients more options

The National Cancer Institute estimates that more than 87,000 new cases of melanoma were diagnosed in 2017. While not as common as other forms of skin cancer, melanoma is more aggressive, and if it's not diagnosed and treated early, it can spread rapidly to other organs. Within the last 10 years, however, researchers have developed new treatments that are giving patients hope.

By | January 2nd, 2018|Blog, Melanoma, Targeting Cancer|

Clinical trials offer patients access to the latest breakthroughs

When Shari Pimental underwent routine surgery two years ago to remove her gallbladder, she woke up in the recovery room and learned she had stage III ovarian cancer.

Dr. Kathleen Yang, Shari's gynecologic oncologist at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, thought Shari could possibly benefit from a clinical trial at WVCI for an investigational drug, classified as a PARP inhibitor that's designed to block specific enzymes that cancer cells need to survive.

By | December 20th, 2017|Blog, Clinical Trials, Targeting Cancer|

Important changes underway

It is important to us that our patients receive the best-possible care in a timely fashion and that your experience at WVCI is a positive one. We recently made some changes to better serve you by creating patient care teams, modifying our appointment scheduling and extending our hours of operation. Please take a moment to review the changes, many of which take effect on Dec. 4, 2017.

By | November 16th, 2017|Blog, Inside WVCI|

Breast Cancer patient rallies support for Oregon Cancer Foundation

When Brenda Mills of Springfield was diagnosed with stage 2 triple negative breast cancer in June of 2016, she knew she was in for the fight of her life, physically and mentally. What she didn't expect was that cancer would also cost a financial toll. When she needed support, the Oregon Cancer Foundation was there to help.

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