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Ask an expert: Can liver cancer run in the family?

Q: “Is liver cancer hereditary? Does my mother’s recent diagnosis mean that I have a higher chance of getting it, too?”

Ask an expert: I've finished my cancer treatment. Now what?

Q: “I finally completed my cancer treatment, and I thought I would be elated, but instead I feel a little bit lost. I'm so used to focusing on the fight – what should I be doing now that it's over?”

Ask an Expert: Should I request a thyroid guard during a mammogram?

A recent chain email, forwarded by a friend, has me concerned. The email focuses on a recent episode of “The Dr. Oz Show,” in which Dr. Mehmet Oz suggested that radiation from mammograms and dental X-rays could be partly responsible for increasing rates of thyroid cancer. According to the email, thyroid guards are available to protect patients during dental and breast imaging, but are not routinely used. My questions: How serious are these thyroid risks? Should I insist on using a thyroid guard when I have dental X-rays and mammograms?

Cancer trials are a vital, yet often overlooked, treatment option

It’s more important than ever for referring primary care physicians to work in concert with clinical trialists before initiating therapy. These partnerships enhance the understanding of clinical trials and ensure that more patients gain access to these advanced therapies. – By Keith S. Lanier, M.D., researcher and medical oncologist

Cancers rise with HPV, but treatments keep pace

Human papilloma virus has contributed to the alarming increase in oral, head and neck cancers in younger patients. But these cancers also carry a better prognosis than their non-HPV-related counterparts, allowing for less aggressive treatment options. – By R. Bryan Bell, M.D., D.D.S., FACS, surgeon

Chest Watch Event - Twitter Highlights

Bringing science education to life, Providence School Outreach hosted more than 125 Portland-area high school students for a live “Chest Watch” surgery as Dr. John Handy, thoracic surgeon with Providence Thoracic Oncology Program, performed an initial lung thoracoscopy and then lobectomy on a life-long smoker.

Ipilimumab among treatment advances for metastatic melanoma

Many different systemic therapies have been tested for melanoma over the past 50 years, with generally disappointing results. The phase 3 study of ipilimumab was the first to show a survival benefit for any medical therapy in melanoma. – By Brendan Curti, M.D., medical director, Providence Biotherapy Program, Providence Melanoma Program

Prostate cancer immunotherapy moves forward

New studies that combine immunotherapy with other agents are stimulating an immune response in men with metastatic prostate cancer. – By Brendan Curti, M.D., medical director, Providence Genitourinary Oncology Research

Providence Cancer Center experts share insights, summer 2012

Our cancer specialists and researchers have been active on an international scale in 2012, and many are slated to appear at conferences into the fall. Here’s a partial list of who’s presenting and publishing.

What to expect when you’re prepping (for your colonoscopy)

How many of you cringe at scheduling a colonoscopy because the procedure (for which you’re knocked out) is a total drag? Yeah, we didn’t think so. It’s not the procedure itself that gets you in the gut – it’s the dreaded, much-maligned prep. Find out what works and what doesn't from Ken Flora, M.D., regional co-medical director of Providence Gastrointestinal Center.

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Ask an expert: Can I develop skin cancer even if my skin doesn’t burn?

I get a lot of questions about burning, tanning, skin color and skin cancer, and no matter which way you look at this question, the answer remains the same: Yes, you can still get skin cancer.

Ask an expert: What are the top risk factors for skin cancer?

Q: “I love being out in the sun, but I have light skin that tends to burn and freckle. Should I be worried about skin cancer? What are the main risk factors? How can I reduce my risks?”

Bringing out the big guns to kill cancer

Technology opens new doors for combining radiation and immunotherapy.

Cancer case summaries

Data collected by Providence’s Regional Cancer Registry provide detailed information about key tumor types, as treated at our major Providence hospitals in Oregon.

Cancer Conference Instructions

Information for Healthcare Professionals on how to access Providence Cancer Conferences.

Cancer support group listings

All groups offer a forum for sharing information and proactive, holistic support in diagnosis, treatment and management of cancer.

Clinical publications

Learn clinical best practices and the latest advances in techniques, treatments, technology and research. Newsletter articles are reviewed by physician editorial boards and are written by Providence specialists in brain, spine, cancer, orthopedics, and heart and vascular medicine.

Fat is good, bagels are bad

Some (Mediterranean) principles to eat by.  When it comes to preventing or managing obesity, heart disease, cancer and many other health problems, good food is often your best medicine.

In Practice: Profiles of Providence physicians

Patients know them as doctors. Physicians know them as colleagues.Through our ongoing series, we see these Providence providers in another light.

In Practice: Rom Leidner, M.D.

After kayaking the Inside Passage and earning a medical degree in Tel Aviv, he's working to crack the codes on the toughest cancers.

Prostate cancer research gets a boost

Prostate cancer, once it spreads to lymph nodes and bones, generally is not curable. But basic and clinical researchers at Providence are working on this challenge.

Providence Cancer Center Specialty Clinics

Providence Cancer Center offers several multidisciplinary specialty clinics that provide a vital "one-stop" resource for patients with cancer and certain other conditions.

Strategies: Beating back cancer, cell by cell

Providence spinout UbiVac is using immunotherapy to help cure cancer

Two new reasons to get serious about sunscreen

By Brendan Curti, M.D., medical oncologist, director of the Providence Biotherapy Program at Providence Cancer Center and director of genitourinary...

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Advances in prostate cancer immunotherapy at Providence

As knowledge about the immune system explodes, so does the potential of innovative treatments. – By Brendan Curti, M.D., medical director, Providence Genitourinary Oncology Research

Breast cancer chemoprevention in the spotlight again

After a tentative start, chemopreventive therapies might return to the forefront.  A recent international study reports promising results. – By Ali Conlin, M.D., medical oncologist

Breast cancer classification turns to gene expression

Will gene-expression profiling soon become the new way to classify breast cancer? New research shows this profiling is gaining momentum. – By Ali Conlin, M.D., medical oncologist

Can an exercise program ease chemotherapy fatigue?

A study examines the effects of exercise for cancer patients starting chemotherapy. – By Anupama Kurup, M.D., medical oncologist

Casting a light on lumpectomy

An optical fiber may transform how small breast lesions are located and removed.

Colorectal cancer risks: tobacco, obesity and inactivity

Once again, tobacco use is firmly established as a cause of cancer, this time, colorectal cancer. – By Todd S. Crocenzi, medical oncologist and researcher

Colorectal cancer screening: back to the basics

Amid controversies over complex screening options, stool-based testing can offer a simple solution today. – By Todd S. Crocenzi, M.D., medical oncologist and researcher

Crizotinib may be a powerful weapon against lung cancer

In early studies, nearly 90 percent of patients with an ALK genetic mutation responded to the drug, which targets metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. – By Rachel E. Sanborn, M.D., co-medical director, Providence Thoracic Oncology Program

Early-phase clinical trials open new opportunities

Providence's involvement with the International Immuno-Oncology Network, along with other early-phase studies, is broadening treatment options for patients with advanced cancers. – By Rachel E. Sanborn, M.D., co-medical director, Providence Thoracic Oncology Program

Jenny Conlee battles back from breast cancer

Two years ago, fans were saddened to learn that The Decemberists’ keyboardist was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. How’s she doing today?

Lung cancer screening comes of age

Advanced imaging now leads to earlier detection and better outcomes. Which of your patients will benefit most from annual screening? – By Jonathan Daniel, M.D., thoracic surgeon

New system therapies emerge for liver cancer

A study at Providence Cancer Center builds on the success of sorafenib. – By Todd S. Crocenzi, medical oncologist and researcher

Promising developments in lung cancer screening

A large national study reports that suspicious findings were three times greater with CT scans than with chest X-rays. – By Rachel E. Sanborn, M.D., medical oncologist

Prostate cancer and PSA: Should your patient get screened?

Oncologist and researcher Brendan Curti, M.D., discusses the benefits and limitations of the prostate-specific antigen test – and which patient groups can benefit from annual screening.

Providence Cancer Center's global reach, fall 2011

Two of Providence Cancer Center’s top researchers were invited to China in October to talk about advances in immunotherapy, while others spoke in Italy and Chile. Here’s a partial list of our specialists’ appearances and publications.

Providence inScope: Breaking melanoma's grip

The September issue of Providence inScope, our clinical news magazine, examines a combination therapy that may hold promise for people with advanced melanoma.

Providence inScope: Treating brain aneurysms

The November issue of Providence inScope, our clinical news magazine, examines a new stent to repair complex brain aneurysms; plus, treating HPV-related oral cancers.

Providence Stop-Smoking Resources

If you smoke, one of the most important steps you can take to improve your health is to quit smoking. Providence Health & Services supports you in this effort. The resources below can help you stop smoking for good.

Studies bring clarity to combination therapies for colorectal cancer

Recent trials have brought some consistency back to integrating EGFR antagonists in the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer. – By Todd S. Crocenzi, M.D., medical oncologist and researcher

Studying apricoxib with erlotinib for lung cancer

A trial testing apricoxib with erlotinib showed longer survival in younger patients with metastatic lung cancer, but failed to meet its goal. – By Rachel E. Sanborn, M.D., medical oncologist

Studying statin chemoprevention in colon cancer patients

A clinical trial examines whether statins will inhibit a recurrence in patients with resected stage I or II colorectal cancer. – By Anupama Kurup, M.D., medical oncologist

Survival improves for colon cancer liver metastases

Progression to stage IV colorectal cancer was once a dismal prognosis, but advances in therapies and surgical techniques have changed the odds. – Ronald F. Wolf, M.D., surgical oncologist

Vitamin D and breast cancer: Is there a link?

Studies have provided conflicting results, but here’s what we know so far. – By Ali Conlin, M.D., medical oncologist

What lies ahead for OHNC treatment

From validating biomarkers to exploring tumor-derived vaccines, research is exploring the therapies of the future for oral, head and neck cancers. – R. Bryan Bell, M.D., D.D.S., FACS, surgeon

Where doctors come to heal themselves

The significance of the Kleenex boxes placed on every tabletop isn’t apparent at first. But 15 minutes into this lunchtime gathering of doctors, nurses and a host of other health care workers, the reason becomes clear.

Whole genome sequencing: Personalized medicine’s next step

We’re transitioning from single gene mutation testing to mapping and decoding whole genomes – a leap forward in treatment planning. – Carlo Bifulco, M.D, pathologist

Recommended Resource

American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society’s home page with links to all types of cancer, symptoms, treatment options, statistics trials and ways to contribute. 

Cancer Support Services: Financial Resources

Find a list of recommended websites from our Cancer Support Services social workers.

Cancer Support Services: General Information

Recommended websites providing general information on cancer topics.

National Cancer Institute

National Cancer Institute home page with links to all cancer topics, clinical trial information, statistics, research and treatment information.