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.
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.
Retired teacher Debbie Roberts-Sorg is a crafter. She spends her time scrapbooking, sewing and, most recently, painting and card making. She appreciates these creative outlets even more since being diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2016. The tumor, classified as invasive ductile carcinoma, was detected during a routine mammogram.
When Erica Zacarias was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, she chose integrative oncology care to treat her cancer and her side effects. "I've always liked the idea of integrative medicine, and I've done a lot of research on it," Erica says. This Targeting Cancer report examines integrative cancer care and how the patient benefits when oncologists and naturopathic providers work together.
Shannon Taggart learned two important things after she was diagnosed with breast cancer: Having support was empowering, and having access to information put her in control of her diagnosis.
Willamette Valley Cancer Institute is a member of the Oregon Cancer Alliance (OCA), a network of specialty clinics in Lane County that work together to provide coordinated care that makes it easier for oncology patients to navigate.
As a young adult, Anne Gallagher knew there would be plenty of things she would have to deal with in her life. She never expected a lung cancer diagnosis to be one of them. "I was 25, and it completely rocked my world and changed my future," she says. Anne's diagnosis nearly 15 years ago reaffirmed her desire to help other patients through her work in oncology. Five years ago, she joined the staff [...]