The gynecologic oncology team at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute treats patients with a variety of gynecologic cancers, and many of those cancers have one thing in common: they were likely caused by human papillomavirus.
The American Cancer Society estimates that doctors will diagnose more than 96,000 new cases of melanoma in 2019. 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.
We welcome opportunities to celebrate and support our patients. That’s one of the many reasons physicians and staff at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute have participated in the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay For Life for nearly two decades.
Learning you have cancer is life-changing. Newly diagnosed patients receive volumes of information about their specific type of disease, testing that may be required, treatment options and much more.
Erin Cunning knows what life with cancer feels like. She experienced the emotional highs and lows after her late husband was diagnosed with the disease. Erin received comfort from friends and loved ones who regularly delivered meals to her family’s doorstep.
Gynecologic oncologist Dr. Audrey Garrett is among 25 people being honored as Healthcare Heroes by The Register-Guard newspaper. The award recipients are nominated by the public and the awards are given to those who go above and beyond in the care they provide to others.
When breast cancer survivor Kelly Barton invited the community to participate in the second annual My Breast Friends 5K/10K, she wanted two things to happen: to have a lot of fun and to raise $15,000 to support Oregon Cancer Foundation (OCF). Kelly is proud to say that the event accomplished both goals!
When Kelly Barton was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2018, this once-healthy runner found herself on an unfamiliar path. She was scared, but she knew one thing for certain—she would fight the disease with everything she had. What Kelly hadn’t known at the time is that the community would support her in ways she couldn’t have imagined.
When Amber Bell learned she has stage 4 colon cancer in 2016, she was devastated by the news. One of the first concerns for this former school teacher was finding support for her three young daughters. They were scared, and they worried about what was going to happen to their mom.
Eight months ago, Beth Lewis and her husband, Kyle, received a beautiful gift—their daughter Davie. “She is the calmest baby you will ever meet,” Beth says. “She doesn’t really fuss unless she’s hungry.” As a new mom, Beth was on cloud nine, until her six-week postpartum checkup revealed something she didn’t expect. Beth learned she had cervical cancer.