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|

Finding support in the midst of cancer

Last year, Charity's life took an unexpected and devastating turn. Her younger sister Fawn was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. "She had chemotherapy and radiation in the beginning, and it didn't work. It just kept spreading, and she passed away in November," Charity says. "I found out two days after my sister's funeral that I had breast cancer." Charity, who naturally exudes positivity, began to experience the physical and emotional toll of her own cancer diagnosis.

By | May 8th, 2018|Blog, Targeting Cancer|

Oregon Cancer Alliance helps patients with gastrointestinal cancers navigate their journey

To treat cancer successfully, it takes a highly qualified team of providers focused on the needs of the patient. "Cancer care and cancer cure doesn't come from just one doctor," says Willamette Valley Cancer Institute radiation oncologist Dr. Thomas Sroka. "It comes from many groups and specialties working together."

Multiple myeloma survivor creates angels as a token of comfort for patients

Seated at her craft table in her Creswell home, Debbie Luttrell labors over the beadwork in front of her. At one time, her crafting was constructing necklaces and headdresses. But these days, her focus is on creating angels. It's a project of love that began after Debbie faced one of the darkest days of her life.

By | March 28th, 2018|Blog, Targeting Cancer|

Support services available locally for cancer survivors

Cancer can take a tremendous toll-physically, emotionally and financially. Fortunately, there is a network of local services that patients can tap into to find support. "Every patient is different; everybody's journey is different. Someone might need a particular resource at one point, whereas another person might need the same resource at a different point," says Katie Burke, a patient navigator at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute.

Telegenetics offer patients a look at their inheritable cancer risk

Genevieve White wants to know more about her family tree. And for good reason: many of her relatives on her mother's side of the family have developed some type of cancer. "I'm the first one in three generations of my family to survive colon cancer," Genevieve says. "I want to know what's going on, mostly for the sake of the next generations, like my nieces and my nephews." Genetics and cancer risk Most cancer cases [...]

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