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).
The FDA approved robotic technology for gynecologic surgeries in 2006. Dr. Audrey Garrett, Dr. Charles Anderson and Dr. Kathleen Yang at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute are the only gynecologic oncologists between Sacramento and Portland on the I-5 corridor using this technology. Between them, they have performed almost 3,000 surgical procedures.
Robin Gambino considers herself an optimist. So, when her health took a turn shortly before Christmas in 2013, she expected to be back on her feet in no time. Even as she lay on a gurney in the hospital emergency room waiting for her diagnosis, she believed that whatever was wrong with her wasn't severe.
Clinical research trials are revealing much more about individual cancer cells—what makes them change and grow and how to shut them down; however, less than five percent of eligible adult cancer patients participate in trials. Michael Heer of Eugene credits ongoing research to giving him more options to manage his cancer, and more time with his family.
Annual screening is key in catching breast cancer early. 3D mammography allows radiologists to see the breast tissues more clearly than what a 2D picture provides, increasing the likelihood of spotting abnormalities. This imaging improvement is also reducing the number of patients who are called back for additional testing.
Major advances in diagnostics, surgeries and medical treatments made in breast cancer care are reshaping how doctors and patients approach the myriad challenges.
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.
When Laura Winner was diagnosed with breast cancer, she didn't know that she would meet some amazing women with similar stories of survival, through her own experience. Or that she would be one of 10 red carpet survivors honored at the Bras for Cause celebration, known as Girls Night Out.
Michael Nelson is a devoted Ducks fan. When he was recently invited to be part of a tour of Autzen Stadium, the Moshofsky Center and the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex—the operations center for Oregon's football program—he was awed by the experience.