When Dianne Burch was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she was unsure of what the outcome may be. Today, she is in full remission from her disease and is currently enrolled in a clinical research trial at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute in Eugene, one of five trials underway focusing on gynecologic cancers.
Cancer survivors are often told that exercise is beneficial to their recovery, but the reality of getting active or working out when you're dealing with debilitating side effects is difficult—and knowing where to start can be overwhelming. The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program gives cancer survivors the tools to get started and the support to keep going.
A cancer diagnosis comes with a tremendous amount of information, and it's likely you will have many questions about what it all means. Dr. Kathleen Yang, a gynecologic oncologist at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute explains the terms grade, stage and prognosis.
Kathleen Yang, a gynecologic oncologist at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, is the first female surgeon in the state of Oregon to achieve a milestone—she performed her 1,000th surgery using robotic technology called the da Vinci Surgical System.
The Oregon Cancer Foundation in Eugene is testing a program that it hopes will ease the burden of meal preparation for patients undergoing cancer treatment in Lane County. With the help of volunteers, the foundation recently prepared 100 freezer-ready slow cooker meals and distributed them to 10 families. If all goes as planned during the pilot project, Oregon Cancer Foundation plans to offer the meal service monthly.
The Downtowners, a barbershop quartet known to businesses in downtown Eugene for its holiday caroling, recently stopped by Willamette Valley Cancer Institute to serenade patients.
Coral Burger has one wish this holiday season—to help as many people as possible have a Merry Christmas. Coral knows how difficult the holidays can be during cancer treatment. She watched her mom go through it.
Sherry Norman knows what it's like to sit for hours in the infusion room receiving cancer treatment. As a patient at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, she found hope and inspiration in an unlikely place—in a horse named Blondie. Blondie has now inspired Sherry to help other cancer patients in the community.
Dr. Emily Dunn recently received a 20 Under 40 Award for her commitment to excellence in providing cancer care to our patients and our community. The 20 under 40 Awards recognize 20 individuals committed to career excellence and who are engaged in making the Eugene-Springfield area a better place.
Charles and Wella Augustine have been doing the Argentine tango since they met at a social dance seven years ago. Now, they teach community classes for beginning, intermediate and advanced students, and they donate the proceeds to Oregon Cancer Foundation, providing financial assistance to cancer patients in Lane County.