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Immunotherapy and Providence Cancer Center featured in Portland Business Journal

July 11, 2014
In the cover story of the July 11, 2014 issue, the Portland Business Journal explores the current state of cancer treatments and the role Portland researchers are playing in new research.

New screening process for ovarian cancer hopes to promote early detection of a "silent killer" disease

September 19, 2013

With breast cancer, you feel a lump and know to get it checked out. But with ovarian cancer, it’s a silent killer, with few specific symptoms in early stages. Usually by the time there are symptoms, the disease is more advanced. Will a new screening process being studied be able to detect the disease at an early, and more treatable stage?

Breast cancer buddies help ease the way for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients

September 06, 2013

A breast cancer diagnosis can be devastating, frightening, bewildering – it’s all of that when your world turns upside down. For many women, being able to talk with someone who’s been there before can be just what they need at this difficult time.

Answers to common questions on the role of genetics in breast cancer

September 03, 2013

The role of genetics in breast cancer have been the subject of much debate, but what does that information mean for you?

Providence brings Gamma Knife to Portland, benefits nearly 1,900 patients to date

August 30, 2013

Who ever thought we’d have technology to treat something like a brain tumor without cutting into the body? Science fiction is fact since the invention of the Gamma Knife. Providence was the first to bring this state-of-the-art technology to Portland – benefiting nearly 1,900 patients to date.

Providence provides support for families of patients with cancer

August 29, 2013

Providence Cancer Center's Family Program support group serves families struggling with cancer, regardless of whether we treat them.

Providence Cancer Center research intern experienced disease firsthand

August 29, 2013

Ellen Patterson spent her summer as a cancer research intern at Providence Cancer Center after successfully battling ovarian cancer at 15.

Federal advisers recommend yearly lung screening for older, high risk smokers

July 31, 2013

Federal government health experts recently released a draft report which said, for the first time, there is evidence screening of smokers may save them from dying of lung cancer.

Two Astoria teens organize fundraiser run for Providence Cancer Center research

July 16, 2013

Peyton Fischer and Amber Longsdorf, two teens who each have had family and friends who have been affected by cancer, organized "A Step Ahead" 5k charity run and raised $1,207.61 for cancer research.

Celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day with local mother of three

June 06, 2013

National Cancer Survivors Day is observed in early June every year, which is an opportunity for cancer patients to celebrate their lives. A local mother of three young children talks about her personal experience with cancer, and how her family history played a part in increasing her risk.

American Cancer Society is enrolling participants in cancer prevention study

May 31, 2013

What if you could prevent even one person from hearing the words “you have cancer”? This June, you can fight back against cancer by joining a new research study led by the American Cancer Society that will track participants over the next several decades to look for genetic, environmental and lifestyle links to cancer.

Providence Cancer Center first in nation to offer unique trial treatment for lymphoma patients

May 21, 2013

People with B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma or chronic lymphocytic leukemia have a unique opportunity to participate in groundbreaking research at Providence Cancer Center.

An outpouring of giving: More than $400,000 boosts cancer research at Providence

May 17, 2013

Cancer survivors and researchers shared the stage at Providence Cancer Center’s 15th annual “Positive Perspectives: Creating Hope for Cancer Patients Luncheon” May 15 at the Oregon Convention Center.

New immunotherapy treatment shows great promise for patients fighting B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

May 16, 2013

Finding effective treatments for the various types of cancer – it’s the goal of researchers around the world, and right here in Portland. Now Providence Cancer Center is the first site in the nation to test a new immunotherapy treatment that’s showing great promise for patients fighting B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Preventive double mastectomies raise questions over who should be tested for the BRCA1 gene mutation, and why

May 14, 2013

Angelina Jolie's decision to have a preventive double mastectomy because she has the BRCA1 gene mutation has raised concern over who else should be tested for the gene, and why.

Coordinated care helps cancer patients, Dr. Urba weighs in at Chamber of Medford/Jackson County Forum

May 09, 2013

Active, coordinated care handled by advanced medical teams can make a world of difference for cancer patients or those at risk for cancer.

Providence cancer research gets boost from Fred Meyer shoppers and employees

April 02, 2013

The donation is a result of the store chain's third quarter employee giving campaign and all the coins collected in the checkout lines at Portland area locations.

Innovative treatment for leukemia used to treat young Redmond girl

March 29, 2013

Dr. Walter Urba, director of cancer research for Providence's Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center, comments on experimental immunotherapy treatment in this article from The Bend Bulletin.

Unregulated electronic cigarettes raise concerns for experts

March 25, 2013

People who use electronic cigarettes may believe they’re making a healthier smoking choice. But since e-cigarettes are unregulated at this time, it’s not fully known what’s in the vapor these non-tobacco cigarettes emit.

NIH grant furthers promising metastatic melanoma clinical trials for Providence Cancer Center patients

March 15, 2013

Patients with advanced melanoma are getting a boost from work being done at Providence, thanks to a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Portland Business Journal reports Providence's cancer team making strides

March 11, 2013

In the past 20 years, Providence has contributed to several significant breakthroughs in cancer research.

How parents can talk to children about a cancer diagnosis

March 11, 2013

Krista Nelson, oncology patient advocate at Providence Cancer Center, recently spoke with The Oregonian's parenting blog, the Omamas, about how to talk to your kids about a cancer diagnosis.

Colon cancer is the number two cancer killer in America, after lung cancer.

March 07, 2013

Dr. Mark Whiteford explains the risk factors of colorectal cancer and?the importance of getting screened.

Loose change benefits Providence Breast Center

February 20, 2013

In March the Leila J. Eisenstein Breast Center at Providence Breast Center was presented with their sixth annual check raised through the Ray’s Food Place loose change campaign. The funds – an increase of more than $1,100 compared to the 2012 “round up” campaign – will support community outreach activities for breast cancer awareness and education.

Cancers on the rise due to HPV

February 07, 2013

Dr. Bryan Bell from Providence Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Clinic explains why.

Becky Roth, 49-year-old oral cancer patient and runner, defies the odds

January 07, 2013

When an orthopedic surgeon told Becky Roth, a lifelong jogger, that she would never run again after cancer-related surgery on her legs, Roth told herself, "I'm going to prove him wrong."

New technology at PMMC offer early warning system

August 26, 2012

The new Modified Early Warning System, or MEWS, was launched at Providence Medford Medical Center in mid-July. The primary purpose of MEWS is to ensure swift intervention or transfer of critically ill patients, resulting in lower morbidity and mortality for our patients. Using a computer algorithm that runs behind the scenes, MEWS monitors vital signs and pages the unit charge nurse if a patient’s score reaches a specified threshold. Nurses then reassess the patient, notify the attending physician and follow a response-and-monitoring protocol. This automated alert comes directly from the electronic health record system currently in place at PMMC.

Providence receives grant to expand Palliative Care Program

August 24, 2012

With help from a Cambia Health Foundation grant, Providence Medford Medical Center is expanding its palliative care program to provide the full continuum of care. The interdisciplinary team is led by Medical Director Susan Kohler, M.D., and consists of a palliative care nurse practitioner, case managers and spiritual care chaplains. Providence currently offers palliative care on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The grant provides funding to expand the program and to help educate patients, families and physicians on the value of this extra support.