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.

Located inside The Corvallis Clinic’s Aumann Building at 444 NW Elks Drive, the clinic includes six exam rooms and an infusion area with nine chairs, where patients can receive chemotherapy and other treatments.

The Corvallis Clinic considered a number of potential oncology partners from throughout the Northwest, deciding that Eugene-based WVCI is the right fit.

“WVCI’s central location, which is 45 minutes away, offers great access,” says Kelly Hower, Director of Clinical Services for The Corvallis Clinic. “They understand this general community and the needs. Together, we’re giving patients another choice where they can receive their services. That’s huge.”

In addition, WVCI’s affiliation with the US Oncology Network offers patients access to investigational treatments through clinical trials that might otherwise be unavailable.

“There are clinical trials going on right now for all different types of cancer, from breast cancer to lymphoma and blood disorders,” says medical oncologist Dr. Keith Wells, one of two oncologists and 10 staff members who care for patients at the new location.

“Oncology has really blossomed, in terms of the number of drugs and treatment options available – not only as chemotherapy, but also non-toxic treatments as well.”

Patients receiving treatment through WVCI in Corvallis can access additional support through Project H.E.R., a program funded through The Corvallis Clinic Foundation that connects patients to local resources, including financial help, meal assistance and transportation.

“Our main focus is to be there for the patients while they’re going through treatment and then through survivorship,” says Project H.E.R. outreach coordinator Parker Williams.

Parker works alongside Project H.E.R. nurse navigator Kathy Nepper to offer patients information, education and a shoulder to lean on.

“It’s very scary to hear, ‘You have cancer,'” Kathy says. “So, we need to instill hope and help them understand, ‘This is going to be a process – and, yes, your life has changed, but you can do this.'”

Patients can schedule an appointment at the Corvallis location by calling 541-754-1256.