It’s common for patients undergoing cancer treatment to experience side effects—symptoms that occur when the treatment affects healthy tissues or organs. Your health care team can help you prevent or treat many side effects; this is called palliative care or supportive care, and it’s an important part of cancer treatment.
Researchers are working to advance our understanding of pancreatic cancer and to improve survivorship for patients, but it is very difficult to detect or to diagnose the disease in its early stages. Pancreatic cancer often develops without symptoms, and there is no widely used method for early detection.
Collaboration and communication are essential for a successful team—and it’s no different when it comes to cancer care. “It’s really important to work together to get the patient the best care they need, in the sequence and timing they need it in,” says Dr. Keith Wells, a medical oncologist at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute’s Corvallis clinic. Dr. Wells and his colleague Dr. Jon Gross regularly consult about the best treatment plan for patients.
Sally Blair and her husband, Bo, enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season. But how the retired schoolteachers, married 51 years, celebrate the season has changed since Sally was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. “When cancer hit—that was just so much,” Sally says. “There was so much that had to go on. And some things had to change.”
Springfield police officer Robert Conrad is a loyal Ducks fan. Recently, he had the opportunity to tour the home of Oregon football as one of several cancer survivors being honored during the 2019 Fight Like a Duck campaign.
As fellows of The American Board of Naturopathic Oncology, Dr. Dunn and her colleague, Dr. Michelle Niesley, are naturopathic doctors who specialize in oncology. They provide patients evidence-based naturopathic therapies to improve quality of life during and after cancer treatment, helping to ease side effects, including nausea, fatigue, insomnia, neuropathy and even depression and anxiety.
Jay Trunnell has been a Ducks fan nearly his entire life. When the 62-year-old recently received the opportunity to tour Autzen Stadium, the Moshofsky Center and the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex—the hub of Oregon football—it was a day to remember.
During the month of October, an abundance of bras take their place alongside the beautiful bouquets found at Dandelions Flowers and Gifts in Eugene to support Lane County cancer patients. Owner Krystal Vincent and her staff rearrange the shop to showcase the many Bras for Cause entries that make this colorful fundraiser possible.
Shanna shares her knowledge about nutrition and demonstrates how to prepare healthy and tasty recipes through a program called Nourish: Food for Life. She leads free, monthly cooking demonstrations for cancer survivors and their families at Natural Grocers in Eugene and for the community at the Lane County Farmers Market in the fall and spring.
The Fight Like a Duck campaign celebrates the strength and tenacity of those fighting cancer in our area, and aims to raise awareness about the high-quality, multidisciplinary care provided in our community, including the latest cancer therapies.