Patients and caregivers experience different emotions throughout their cancer journey, but both need support. Willamette Valley Cancer Institute offers support groups, and there are many available throughout the community.
When Dianne Burch was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she was unsure of what the outcome may be. Today, she is in full remission from her disease and is currently enrolled in a clinical research trial at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute in Eugene, one of five trials underway focusing on gynecologic cancers.
Cancer survivors are often told that exercise is beneficial to their recovery, but the reality of getting active or working out when you're dealing with debilitating side effects is difficult—and knowing where to start can be overwhelming. The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program gives cancer survivors the tools to get started and the support to keep going.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.