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Ovarian cancer clinical trials providing new hope to patients

LeeAnna Shreve is happiest surrounded by family. That's evident by the dozens of family photos that fill the walls of her Eugene home. It was her family that LeeAnna leaned on when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2016. "I was surprised, because cancer was the farthest thing from my mind. I just thought I was having menopausal issues," she says. According to estimates from the American Cancer Society, more than 22,000 women [...]

By | May 9th, 2017|Blog, Targeting Cancer|

Friends of Florence offers patients support on wheels

Instead of having to drive and deal with the expense of gas and the wear and tear on their personal vehicles, Willamette Valley Cancer Institute patients who reside on the coast can ride the Friends of Florence van free of charge to and from treatment in Eugene. The nonprofit has been offering this service for 32 years, and it all started because one man understood the difficulties of dealing with cancer and set out to make things easier for others.

By | February 15th, 2017|Blog, Targeting Cancer|

Lab techs give patients something to smile about

A cancer diagnosis often triggers months of medical appointments, from testing and treatment to follow-up care. At Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, a patient's visit often starts in the lab with a blood draw and a warm greeting. "My goal, for myself, is just one stick and to make them smile," says Trisha Roberts, a lab technician and phlebotomist.

By | January 18th, 2017|Blog, Targeting Cancer|

Support groups offer meaningful connections and essential information

When Lynne Phillips was diagnosed with multiple myeloma more than a decade ago, she felt overwhelmed and scared. At the time, there was no support group locally for people with multiple myeloma. Lynne connected with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and was instrumental in getting a group started at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute.

By | January 4th, 2017|Blog, Targeting Cancer|

Coping with cancer during the holidays

Amber Bell and her family love Christmas—from the tree to the traditions and all the twinkling lights. This year, however, this Springfield mom is undergoing chemotherapy for stage IV colon cancer, and while she wants to enjoy as much holiday fun as she can with her three daughters, ages 11, 9 and 2, it's physically difficult.

By | December 20th, 2016|Blog, Patient Stories, Targeting Cancer|
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