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 [...]
Positive Community Kitchen, a nonprofit that prepares nutrient-rich, organic meals for people fighting life-threatening illnesses, is in need of teen and adult volunteers, as well as donation for it's garden project.
When Yogi Tea Company in Springfield recently learned its ginger teas, which support digestion and calm nausea, were being served to patients receiving chemotherapy at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, it donated a supply of tea.
Cancer touches so many parts of a person's life. Eight years ago, Katie Burke was told she was too young to have cancer, but she found herself facing it head-on, setting her life on a new path as a patient navigator at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute.
Nutrition plays an important role in cancer care. Eating the right kids of foods, in the right amounts, and at the right times can make a difference during treatment and in recovery.
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.
Cancer can cause stress and worry, in addition to affecting the body with side effects like nausea and fatigue. Massage helps patients to relax. Licensed massage therapists and Reiki practitioners volunteer their time to provide healing touch to patients at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute.
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.
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.
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.