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.
Laura Bunsen of Albany, Oregon loves the holidays and all the traditions. But when she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, the holidays were tough. She didn't have the energy to do all the things she had done before and that frustrated her. Laura shares how she learned to be OK with doing less and now focuses on what matters most to her.
On the day before his retirement, Dr. Fryefield, who co-founded WVCI in 1997, stood before a crowd of well-wishers singing the praises of Carolyn Duquette, the cancer center’s first executive director. He unveiled a bench near the Eugene clinic’s entrance, dedicated to Carolyn, who passed away last year from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).