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Stacie Overman: What cancer taught me

Stacie Overman can tell you all about the ugly side of cancer—what the disease looks like when it ravages a family, what it’s taken from her and the struggles she’s faced. Instead, nine years after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Stacie chooses to reflect on what cancer has taught her and make the most of what she calls “a blessed life.” Stacie with her grandson, Brody “Being diagnosed with cancer is very [...]

Tasty fundraiser to support Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Join us on Friday, Sept. 18, when Oregon Pacific Bank hosts “Light the Grill”, an annual BBQ fundraiser (formerly called “Goodwill Grill”) to benefit the local chapter of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). This is the fifth year for the event, which has raised over $100,000 for LLS. In addition to delicious food, Light the Grill will also feature more than 65 auction items and live music by Bob Cowsill, from the 1960s internationally [...]

By | August 20th, 2015|Blog, Inside WVCI, Leukemia/Lymphoma|

Team Endure training and fundraising year-round to support patients

Members of Team Endure There’s strength in numbers, and Team Endure can attest to that. Earlier this summer, the 12-member triathlon team that includes Dr. Charles Anderson, a gynecologic oncologist at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, and his wife, Cassi, competed in the Half Ironman Triathlon at the Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival in Sunriver, Oregon. They had two goals: To finish and to collect donations to support Oregon Cancer Foundation’s Financial Assistance [...]

For WVCI staff, Relay For Life is personal

Bonnie Allen has a unique perspective on cancer. In her role as senior executive administrative assistant at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, Bonnie supports doctors and staff in treating patients. As a mother, daughter, sister and granddaughter, Bonnie’s watched the disease repeatedly touch the lives of the people closest to her. “We have a lot of cancer in our family,” Bonnie says. “When it bites you personally, you stand up and pay attention.” She doesn’t [...]

By | July 28th, 2015|Blog, Inside WVCI, Leukemia/Lymphoma|

What is Staging?

An important part of treating a patient’s cancer is to first find out how far it has spread, or what “stage” it has reached. “We want to know: Where is the cancer? Has it spread from where it originated in the body? And if it has spread, to what degree?” says Willamette Valley Cancer Institute oncologist Dr. Wayne Ormsby. Knowing the stage helps doctors plan the appropriate type of treatment, estimate a patient’s prognosis [...]

Triathletes test their physical strengths in support of cancer patients

A team of 12 will set out later this month to accomplish something that only five percent of the population ever has—and they’re doing it in support of cancer patients in Lane County.  Dr. Charles Anderson, a gynecologic oncologist at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, his wife, Cassi, and members of Team Endure will compete in the Half Ironman Triathlon at the Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival June 26-28 in Sunriver, Oregon.“We’ve been training for this [...]

Immunotherapy is life-changing for melanoma patient

Mary Weber looks forward to her daily bike ride each morning. It wasn’t too long ago that she didn’t have the strength to walk up a flight of stairs, let alone exercise. “I was really sick,” Mary said. “I couldn’t do anything that a healthy person could do.” Having grown up in San Diego, Mary spent her childhood at the beach. That was before most people understood the importance of using quality sunscreen. “I [...]

By | July 15th, 2015|Blog, Clinical Trials, Inside WVCI, Melanoma|

Facility expansion to improve patient experience

Some changes are happening at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center. This summer, we will begin expanding our Country Club Road facility in Eugene by 8,000 square feet, with the goal of providing even better patient care. Once the expansion is complete, our RiverBend facility in Springfield will close. The expansion and consolidation will be completed in 2016. Until then, we will continue to see patients at both locations. Combining our facilities will create [...]

By | June 19th, 2015|Blog, Inside WVCI|

Save the Date: Relay for Life 2015

For more than a decade, Willamette Valley Cancer Institute (WVCI) teams have walked the track at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life events. We celebrate survivors and honor loved ones lost at the annual 24-hour event. ACS and WVCI work together to offer programs and services that include: the Cancer Resource Center, Believe Boutique and transportation grants. Together, we improve quality of life for cancer patients and their families. Come visit with us [...]

By | June 16th, 2015|Blog, Inside WVCI|

Preparing for Chemotherapy

“What can I expect on my first day of chemotherapy, and what can I expect when I get home?” Oncology nurses and support staff at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center frequently hear these commonly asked questions from newly diagnosed patients. “It’s normal for patients to try and make sense of what’s happening to them,” said WVCI patient navigator Katie Burke. “Chemotherapy can make you feel anxious and worried about how it will [...]

By | June 11th, 2015|Blog, Inside WVCI|
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