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Newest robotic technology for cancer surgeries debuts in Portland at Providence Portland Medical Center

September 01, 2014
Robotic surgery is not a thing of science fiction – it’s been practiced for years now in many hospitals. But today’s robotic technology is getting even better, offering greater precision for even the most complicated cases.

Weight loss program aims to improve cancer treatment for obese patients

August 15, 2014
When you’re fighting cancer, you want the best chance possible to beat the disease.

Multimillion dollar grant improves access to cancer care and clinical trials

August 07, 2014

Cancer patients in Oregon, Washington and three other Western states will receive improved access to care and clinical trials as a result of a new $6.6 million grant from the National Cancer Institute’s Community Oncology Research Program, or NCORP. 

Clinical trial at Providence Cancer Center could change how doctors treat Leukemia

July 31, 2014

Groundbreaking research at Providence Cancer Center is looking for ways to save the lives of people with leukemia and lymphoma. One local man talks about his choice to participate in a clinical trial to help further the fight against leukemia.

KGW-TV highlights Providence Cancer Center partnership with Great Clips

July 25, 2014

For many women undergoing cancer treatment, losing their hair can be an emotional moment. KGW-TV highlights the partnership between Providence Cancer Center and Great Clips, in which stylists wash and style donated wigs that will be given to cancer patients to help ease the transition. 

Melanoma survivor credits clinical trial, immunotherapy with saving his life

July 16, 2014

Diagnosed with metastatic melanoma, a local man was facing an early death. Now, seven years later, he’s beating the odds and spreading the word about skin cancer prevention and a clinical trial involving immunotherapy that he credits with saving his life.

Oregon Business Journal: local philanthropy and cancer research

July 16, 2014

Featured in the July issue of the Oregon Business Magazine, Dr. Walter Urba – medical oncologist and director of the Robert W. Franz Center Research Center at Providence Cancer Center – discusses the impact of local philanthropy in cancer research as federal funding continues to decline.

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.

Conquer Cancer Foundation honors Providence for excellence in clinical trials research

June 25, 2014

Providence Cancer Center is being honored nationally for its commitment to high-quality clinical trials programs. 

Providence tears down to build up

June 20, 2014

Giant teeth at the end of a long hydraulic arm on a huge machine took big bites out of the old Moore Lithograph building in northeast Portland this...

Conquer Cancer Foundation honors Providence Cancer Center for clinical trials

June 19, 2014

Where you live can make a difference in your cancer treatment. Local cancer patients benefit by having access to a large number of clinical trials. In fact, the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology recently honored Providence Oncology and Hematology Care Clinic at Providence Cancer Center for care that includes a large number of clinical trials offered to patients. 

NIH honors Providence scientitst with $1.6 million immunotherapy research grant

June 13, 2014

In a significant show of support for immunotherapy research in the treatment of cancer, the National Institutes of Health has awarded a $1.6...

Philanthropic Outpouring at Annual Providence Cancer Center Luncheon of Hope

May 27, 2014

Providence Cancer Center supporters donated a record amount – $205,000 – during this year’s 16th annual Creating Hope for Cancer Patients luncheon after hearing powerful and personal stories from those touched by cancer. That brought the total figure for the event to $500,000. 

Providence Brain and Cancer Experts Begin First-In-World Novel Brain Tumor Vaccine Research Trial

May 05, 2014

Fourteen months. That’s the median life expectancy of someone diagnosed with high-grade glioma, the most common primary brain tumor in adults, even with the current standard of treatment. Providence Cancer Center researchers and a Providence Brain and Spine Institute neurosurgeon believe immunotherapy might change that statistic. 

Get screened for colorectal cancer

March 07, 2014

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Though more than 50 thousand Americans will die this year of colorectal cancer, the good news is there are now more than 1 million survivors in this country – thanks in part to increased screening and improved treatments. Viju Deenadayalu, M.D., provides basic information about colorectal cancer and the details of in-home tests and colonoscopy screenings. 

State-of-the-art radiation treatment helps add years to survival

February 21, 2014

Hope is something every cancer patient needs. Now a treatment at Providence Cancer Center is giving new hope to its patients. Providence Cancer Center is the only cancer center in the Pacific Northwest offering IORT (intraoperative radiation therapy) which allows doctors to deliver radiation treatment during surgery – a technological innovation that’s giving some cancer patients additional years of survival, rather than mere months. Christina Cha, M.D., radiation oncologist at Providence Cancer Center, explains the procedure. 

Catching lung cancer early

January 07, 2014

Lung cancer is a challenge to diagnose because when patients present with symptoms it is often advanced and difficult to treat. Through lung cancer screenings, doctors are able to detect issues sooner increasing the success of treatment. Jonathan Daniel, M.D., thoracic surgeon at Providence, explains the importance of getting screened and who meets the risk criteria. 

Outcomes promising in OX40 study at Providence Cancer Center

December 11, 2013

Portland-area researchers have scored promising results in the hottest field in cancer research today: Using the immune system to fight tumors. The results are a victory in an underdog story of achieving results without pharmaceutical company backing. 

Who should be screened for lung cancer?

November 20, 2013

November is lung cancer awareness month. Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. As with colonoscopies and mammograms, regular lung cancer screenings could lower the overall death rate from cancer by helping to detect the disease at an earlier, more treatable stage. 

Screening for lung cancer

November 07, 2013

November is Lung Cancer Awareness month. More people in the United States die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. But that could change because now, like mammograms and colonoscopies, regular lung cancer screenings for people with risk factors may be an option. 

Providing a ray of hope to cancer patients

October 08, 2013

Battling breast cancer is about more than just fighting the disease. Sue Cook, manager of Providence Breast Services, and Toni Drew, a breast cancer survivor and volunteer with Providence Breast Cancer Outreach Program, share how a new approach is helping to heal the whole person. 

Running through cancer

October 07, 2013

In-between chemo treatments, this avid runner isn’t letting breast cancer slow her down. See how a local breast cancer patient laced up and got back to living life. 

Facing a high risk of breast cancer

October 03, 2013

What do you do if you are at high risk of getting breast cancer? Besides monthly self-exams and regular mammograms, Alison Conlin, M.D., medical oncologist and medical director of Providence high-risk breast cancer services, explains what you need to know and do if you have a higher risk, including lifestyle changes. 

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 Medford Medical Center to be a cancer prevention study-3 host site June 7

May 28, 2013

Providence Medford Medical Center will be a host site for the American Cancer Society'sCPS-3sign-up event from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7 in Mary Norbert Hall.

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.

Hood To Coast/Portland To Coast Relays proudly announce Providence Health & Services as title sponsor of the 32nd annual race

May 16, 2013

The Hood To Coast/Portland To Coast Relays are proud to announce Providence Health & Services as the title sponsor of the 2013 and 2014 Hood To Coast Relays.

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.

Experiencing Breast Cancer: From Caregiver to Survivor

April 29, 2013

Nicole McPheeters understands, both professionally and personally, the importance of having a mammogram. As the Breast Center coordinator at Providence Medford Medical Center, Nicole has been a mammography technologist for more than 13 years. But in 2012, she suddenly found herself on the receiving side of health care and is now a breast cancer survivor.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Chest Watch - bringing science education to life

March 04, 2013

Providence School Outreach hosted more than 125 high school students for a live “Chest Watch” surgery as Dr. John Handy performed an initial lung thoracoscopy and then lobectomy on a life-long smoker.

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.

Stage IV cancer patients get a new outlook on life

February 18, 2013

Two cancer support group facilitators are nominated "Everyday Hereos" for terminally ill cancer patients.

Grants provide new support for oral, head and neck cancer research at Providence

February 12, 2013

Providence Cancer Center has ramped up its fight against oral, head and neck cancer with two new research grants totaling more than half a million dollars.

Providence offers comprehensive oral, head and neck cancer care at new clinic

February 08, 2013

Unique to the Northwest, the new multidisciplinary clinic bridges the gap between medicine and dentristry for patients with oral, head and neck cancers.

Cancers on the rise due to HPV

February 07, 2013

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

Early-phase clinical trials open new opportunities

January 16, 2013

Providence's involvement with the International Immuno-Oncology Network, along with other early-phase studies, is broadening treatment options for patients with advanced cancers.

Breast cancer classification turns to gene expression

January 16, 2013

Will gene-expression profiling soon become the new way to classify breast cancer? New research shows this profiling is gaining momentum.

Lung cancer screening comes of age

January 16, 2013

Advanced imaging now leads to earlier detection and better outcomes. Which of your patients will benefit most from annual screening?

A month of giving adds up as Safeway battles cancer with Providence

January 14, 2013

Funds from Safeway's "round up" at the checkout counters will be divided among four areas of breast cancer research at Providence.

Two grants benefit oral cancer research

January 10, 2013

Providence researchers will focus on biomarkers and vaccines to help fight the disease.

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."

Providence Festival of Trees magic brings hope of cancer research miracles

December 29, 2012

For three decades, Providence Festival of Trees has been the premier holiday event in Portland. This year, the 30th anniversary was a true celebration of the season.

Oncologists join Providence Medical Group-Seaside

December 10, 2012

Stacy Lewis, M.D, and Christie J. Moore, D.O., have joined Providence Medical Group-Seaside. They will be caring for patients at the Providence Cancer Care Center Oncology and Hematology Care Clinic-Seaside every other Monday.

Providence cancer research laboratory receives major grants

December 06, 2012

Research scientist Keith Bahjat, Ph.D., recently received two grants supporting work on immunotherapy.

Lung cancer and baby boomers - what's the connection?

December 05, 2012

Even if boomers are able to kick the smoking habit – or even if they never smoked at all – they still may be at risk of lung cancer.

Providence breast centers honored with prestigious accreditation

December 05, 2012

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, or NAPBC, recognizes excellence at Providence for providing care to patients with diseases of the breast.

Use the holidays to find out your family history

December 05, 2012

Family gatherings during the holidays provide the perfect opportunity to find out more about the health history of your loved ones - important information to know.

Tips for quitting smoking

November 13, 2012

In honor of The Great American Smokeout on Nov. 15, Dr. Jain explains why quitting is so hard and offers ways to help kick the habit.

New oncologists join Providence Medical Group-Seaside

November 12, 2012

Providence is expanding cancer service to better serve the communities of the North Coast. Stacy Lewis, M.D., and Christie J. Moore, D.O., have joined Providence Medical Group–Seaside. They will be caring for patients at the Providence Cancer Care Center Oncology and Hematology Care Clinic-Seaside every other Monday.

Asbestos exposure and mesothelioma

November 12, 2012

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month – and a good time to ask yourself a serious question: Could your house be giving you lung cancer? 

"A bee saved my life", local woman shares inspiring cancer journey in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 25, 2012

Debbie Clark is allergic to bees. And yet she credits a bee with saving her life.

Breast cancer risks

October 17, 2012

Ali Conlin, M.D., speaks to the importance of knowing your cancer risks – what you can change and what you can’t.

Foods to eat during breast cancer treatment

October 15, 2012

What foods are palatable during treatment and what should you avoid?

Breast cancer support

October 10, 2012

Nurse navigators help guide patients through the cancer treatment process.

Providence Cancer Center recognized for commitment to quality and excellence

September 28, 2012

Providence is the only cancer facility in Oregon to receive QOPI certification.

News from China on new transformational approach in oncology

September 27, 2012

Bernie Fox, Ph.D., speaks at annual meeting in China about a new approach to determine immune response to tumors.

eOncology Report: Treating HPV-related cancers

August 29, 2012

Read about this and more in Providence Cancer Center's summer clinical newsletter.

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.

Hundreds join historic cancer prevention study

August 21, 2012

Cancer Prevention Study-3 is a historic nationwide effort to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.

Lung cancer pilot study begins

August 20, 2012

Providence begins work on national lung cancer collaborative

Immune therapy may yield long-lasting treatment for many cancers

June 04, 2012

"There is still a long road ahead, but now it's lined with some successes," says Walter Urba, M.D., Ph.D.

Pennies, nickels and dimes add up to $500,000 as Safeway customers and employees help Providence battle breast cancer

May 08, 2012

Safeway customers and employees in Oregon and Southwest Washington raised $500,000 for breast cancer awareness, treatment and research at Providence.

Komen Catalyst Grant Awarded To Providence Cancer Center for Cell Study

April 26, 2012

Providence Cancer Center researcher Michael Gough, Ph.D., has received a Career Catalyst Research Grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure to study the possibility of ending metastatic cancer.

Cancer research news

April 26, 2012

Read the latest highlights on our researchers.

Advances in oral, head, and neck cancer detection and treatment

April 11, 2012

Cancers in the throat, tongue and other areas of the head and neck are among the most common types of cancer, and treatment can be disfiguring.

Get screened for colorectal cancer

March 16, 2012

Providence experts talk about the importance of getting a colonoscopy to detect and prevent colorectal cancer.

Exercise after breast cancer

February 29, 2012

Returning to physical activity after breast cancer treatment is one of the most difficult aspects of readjusting to daily life after cancer.

Preventing cancer through lifestyle changes

January 12, 2012

A new study offers proof that lifestyle choices are a major reson why men and women get cancer.

Providence cancer research gets a boost with MedImmune agreement

December 02, 2011

The biotech company will fund further OX40 research developed by Providence scientists.

Providence cancer researcher earns two-year award

November 07, 2011

William Redmond, Ph.D., received the 2011 V Scholar Award from The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Thoracic surgery program joins care study

November 07, 2011

Providence will participate in a national phase II study testing whether standardized, evidence-based care for lung cancer surgery will improve patient outcomes.

Providence head and neck surgeon to receive national honor

November 04, 2011

R. Bryan Bell, M.D., DDS, FACS, will receive the William F. Harrigan Society Award for his contribution to oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Providence selected for nationwide immunotherapy network

October 24, 2011

Providence Cancer Center is among North America's top research institutions invited to join the national Cancer Immunotherapy Trials Network.

Providence workers aid patient's son after fire

September 25, 2011

Providence Hood River employees stepped forward to help a patient with more than medical needs.

Providence collects items for local family struck by tragedy

September 12, 2011

At Providence, our patients are like family; so when we learned one of our beloved patients was facing additional misfortune, our compassionate employees began responding.

Providence oncologist named Woman of the Year

July 06, 2011

Christie J. Moore, D.O., was named Woman of the Year by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Oregon SW Washington Idaho and Montana Chapter.

Bench to Bedside: Providence Researcher Awarded Funds to Create Cancer-Fighting Protein

June 29, 2011

Providence Cancer Center researcher Andrew Weinberg, Ph.D., recently received a $935,000 grant from the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program for a study that has the potential to fast track a treatment for prostate cancer patients in as little as five years.

Providence researcher awarded funds to create cancer-fighting protein

June 28, 2011

Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program Grant awarded to Providence Cancer Center researcher Andrew Weinberg, Ph.D.

Providence Cancer Center Celebrates Cancer Survivor's Week

May 30, 2011

Please join us as we honor cancer patients and celebrate life with family, friends and our cancer center staff during Cancer Survivor’s week.

Women's Health Screenings: What You Need to Know

April 04, 2011

Women's health exams: what should women be screened for, and when?

Colorectal Cancer Awareness AM Northwest 03/2011

March 01, 2011

Dr. Todd Crocenzi, medical director, Providence Gastrointestinal Cancer Program, and a colorectal cancer survivor discuss the benefits of screening on KATU's AM Northwest.

Dr. R. Bryan Bell begins new Providence Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Program

June 01, 2010

Read about our new medical director, R. Bryan Bell, M.D., D.D.S, F.A.C.S.