Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2013, Marcy Sexton has seen the inside of Willamette Valley Cancer Institute more times than she can count. Despite surgery and aggressive chemotherapy, Marcy's cancer returned in 2015, then again in 2017 in her liver. This time, one of the tumors was in a tricky spot.
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.
The transition of relocating our physicians, staff and services from our RiverBend clinic in Springfield to our Country Club Road location in Eugene will conclude in early December. Earlier this year, we completed an 8,000-square-foot expansion and renovation of our clinic on Country Club Road, making room for the consolidation of staff and services.
For many Bras for Cause participants, cancer hits close to home—either they know someone who's experienced it, or they've been personally affected, like Brenda Mills. She was diagnosed in June of 2016 with stage 2 triple negative breast cancer.
Jim Ketter, a former physics instructor at Oregon State University is among the first in the Willamette Valley to receive a new treatment for glioblastoma, the most common type of brain tumor in adults. Jim underwent surgery and radiation therapy, and now, in addition to receiving chemotherapy, he wears a cap-like device called Optune.
Patients and caregivers are invited to join Dr. Jeff Sharman, WVCI’s Director of Research and a world-renowned expert in the field of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), for a town meeting on Saturday, Sept. 23, that will be live-streamed around the globe.
Shirley Lyons knows the power of flowers. For more than 40 years, Shirley and her family have owned and operated Dandelions Flowers & Gifts in Eugene. In 2012, she and her daughter, Toviana, found another way to help. They started Bras for Cause, a fundraiser to support local cancer patients.
Jeff Gusinow spent part of the summer doing something he hadn't planned: receiving treatment at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute. "I write on my Facebook page every week about how my 'staycation' is going, as if I were on a boat. So, this is the leido deck," Jeff says from where he sits in WVCI's infusion room. Jeff was diagnosed 11 years ago with a slow-growing blood cancer called follicular lymphoma, the most common form of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. His cancer has now advanced to the point where treatment is recommended.
Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center opened its newest location this week inside The Corvallis Clinic, making it easier for primary care physicians and oncologists to work together on behalf of patients in Benton, Linn and Lincoln counties.
Soft-spoken and 79-years-old, Judith Stensland is receiving chemotherapy for colon cancer. Despite having lost her 47-year-old son to the disease, along with the uncertainty that comes with her own diagnosis, she remains positive and upbeat.