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Navigating Breast Cancer Part 2: Breast cancer treatment advances used locally

Major advances in diagnostics, surgeries and medical treatments made in breast cancer care are reshaping how doctors and patients approach the myriad challenges.

By | October 9th, 2018|Blog, Breast Cancer|

Navigating Breast Cancer Part 1: Breast cancer diagnosis leads women into medical obstacle course

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.

By | October 9th, 2018|Blog, Breast Cancer|

Breast cancer survivor creates an event to support other patients

Kelly Barton is a planner and a problem-solver by nature. But what she didn't plan for was a breast cancer diagnosis in January. Once the initial shock of her diagnosis eased, Kelly did what she does best—she focused on learning as much as she could about her cancer and choosing the best treatment for herself.

By | June 19th, 2018|Blog, Breast Cancer, Targeting Cancer|

Breast cancer: Sorting fact from fiction

Stacia Pugh will never forget the day she was diagnosed with breast cancer. "It was two weeks after my 39th birthday, and I was just not expecting that. It was eye-opening and shocking," she says. The single mother of two from Corvallis was filled with worry, for herself and her kids, but she knew she had to deal with it head-on. "Once I found out I had cancer, my goal was 'How are we going to cure this? How am I going to beat this?'"

By | May 22nd, 2018|Blog, Breast Cancer, Targeting Cancer|

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.

What happens during radiation therapy for breast cancer?

Retired teacher Debbie Roberts-Sorg is a crafter. She spends her time scrapbooking, sewing and, most recently, painting and card making. She appreciates these creative outlets even more since being diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2016. The tumor, classified as invasive ductile carcinoma, was detected during a routine mammogram.

By | July 19th, 2017|Blog, Breast Cancer, Targeting Cancer|

Physicians collaborate on care at breast cancer tumor board

A breast cancer patient will typically see many specialists, from diagnosis through treatment and recovery. To help ensure patients get the most efficient and strategic care possible, a multidisciplinary team of specialists, including oncologists from Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, meet twice a month at what's known as tumor board. "There are many different types of breast cancers and, therefore, the most appropriate and effective treatment is going to vary, based on what type of [...]

By | April 25th, 2017|Blog, Breast Cancer|

Healthy habits to reduce the side effects of cancer treatment

No one wants to face the prospect of a cancer diagnosis, especially when recovery means a long treatment regimen that may include surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation. All of these treatments, while they can be life-saving, come with side effects that are less than desirable. The good news is that developing and maintaining some healthy habits can help you reduce the impact of these effects on your body and mind, and most importantly, help you [...]

By | October 18th, 2016|Breast Cancer, Cancer News|

Annual tournament takes a swing at breast cancer

Approximately 63 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this week in Oregon, according to the American Cancer Society. That is why 10 teams of softball players from Lane County travel to Salem one weekend each summer to join a movement that is taking a swing at cancer. With support from friends and family, Kris Knox, an officer with the Salem Police Department, organized the first Play for a Cure softball tournament 15 years [...]

By | October 12th, 2016|Blog, Breast Cancer, Targeting Cancer|
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