Our Services

The evidenced-based, multidisciplinary approach to patient care at Providence Cancer Center is creating hope and changing lives for many people living with cancer in Oregon and southwest Washington.

Providence Cancer Center specialists gather weekly to discuss individual cases and prescribe state-of-the-art treatment plans based on the latest medical research. Working closely with specialists and primary care physicians, Providence Cancer Center is committed to providing emotional support, managing treatment side effects and achieving better outcomes for all patients.

Autologous stem cell transplant

Most stem cells are in your bone marrow. You also have some in your blood that circulate from your bone marrow. Bone marrow stem cells turn into...

Bile duct surgery

The following types of surgery are used to treat extrahepatic bile duct cancer: Removal of the bile duct: If the tumor is small and only in...

Breast biopsy

A breast biopsy removes a sample of breast tissue that is looked at under a microscope to check for breast cancer. A breast biopsy is usually done...

Breast Cancer Outreach Program

The Breast Cancer Outreach Program at Providence Cancer Center provides women and their families with support services free of charge,...

Breast MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio waves to make pictures of the breast. MRI may show problems in the...

Breast reconstruction surgery

Breast reconstruction is surgery to rebuild the size and shape of a breast after your breast has been removed (mastectomy) because of cancer. It is...

Breast self-awareness education

A breast self-examination involves checking your breasts to help detect breast problems or changes. Many breast problems are first discovered by...

Breast surgery

Surgery on the breast may be done for a number of reasons including: As local treatment for breast cancer: Breast surgery is considered the...

Breast ultrasound

A breast ultrasound uses sound waves to make a picture of the tissues inside the breast. A breast ultrasound can show all areas of the breast,...

Bronchoscopy

Bronchoscopy is a procedure doctors use to look at the airways leading to the lungs. During bronchoscopy, a thin, lighted instrument (bronchoscope)...

Bullectomy/repair

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) weakens the structure of the lung and may also damage the tiny air sacs (alveoli) in the lung. When...

Cancer Center lending libraries

Knowledge about cancer helps patients and their loved ones as they navigate diagnosis, treatment and recovery. For patients and families,...

Cancer conferences

Providence Cancer Center offers tumor-specific multidisciplinary cancer conferenes at several Portland-area locations and via remote web access.

Cancer financial counseling

In keeping with our mission and core values, Providence Health & Services cares for people and their health needs, even if they can’t afford to...

Cancer genetic counseling

Working as part of a team of doctors and other health professionals, genetic counselors provide education and support to families with members who...

Cancer information and referral

Providence Cancer Support Services provides emotional and practical support to cancer patients and their families when they need it most.

Cancer registry

Cancer registrars capture a complete summary of the history, diagnosis, treatment and disease status for every cancer patient. Registrars' work...

Cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling

Cancer risk assessment examines personal and family history information that influences cancer risk.

Cancer support groups

Cancer support groups provide education and support for cancer patients and their loved ones. Support groups are led by our professional staff...

Cancer treatment plan and summary

The American Society of Clinical Oncologists recommends cancer patients receive a treatment plan and summary. The treatment plan includes a...

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the use of medicine to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy is called a systemic treatment because the medicines enter the...

Cholecystectomy

The main treatment for acute cholecystitis is surgery to remove the gallbladder (cholecystectomy). Often this surgery can be done through small...

Colon surgery

Colon surgery (removing the cancer in an operation) is the most common treatment for all stages of colon cancer. A doctor may remove the cancer...

Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy enables your doctor to examine the lining of your colon (large intestine) for abnormalities by inserting a flexible tube as thick as...

Colorectal cancer education and research

Providence Colorectal Cancer Surgery Program medical director Mark H. Whiteford, M.D., is highly involved in education of other healthcare...

Colorectal cancer screening

Studies show that screening for colorectal cancer helps decrease the number of deaths from the disease. Five tests are commonly used to screen for...

da Vinci Head and Neck Surgery

TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS) allows surgeons to access tumors through the mouth that previously required an extensive operation with an...

Decortication

Pleurectomy and decortication is surgery to remove part of the covering of the lungs and lining of the chest and part of the outside surface of the...

Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)

Endobronchial ultrasound is a less invasive alternative to mediastinoscopy for diagnosing and staging thoracic malignancies like lung cancer....

Endometrial cancer care

Endometrial cancer detected in its early stages can be cured with surgery and close follow-up. Treatment choices depend on where the cancer is and...

Endoscopic ultrasound

Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). In this test, a small ultrasound probe at the end of the endoscope is placed down the throat to the chest area. The...

Esophageal surgery

Surgery is the most common treatment for cancer of the esophagus. Part of the esophagus may be removed in an operation called an esophagectomy. A...

Gamma Knife Perfexion

Gamma Knife is the most advanced radiosurgical tool available to treat a variety of brain lesions and disorders, including cancers of the brain. An...

Gastrointestinal cancer screening

Tests are used to screen for different types of cancer. Some screening tests are used because they have been shown to be helpful both in finding...

Gastrointestinal surgery

Surgery is a common treatment of all stages of gastric cancer. The following types of surgery may be used: Subtotal gastrectomy: Removal of...

HDR brachytherapy

High-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy involves the remote placement of a tiny, very highly radioactive source, which is housed in a lead lined device...

Head and neck cancer surgery

Surgery is the most common treatment for oral, head and neck cancer. The type of surgery depends on the type and stage of the tumor. Multiple...

High-dose interleukin 2 (IL-2) immunotherapy

Interleukin-2 is a protein normally present in small amounts in the body. It does not directly attack cancer cells. It has powerful effects on the...

High-risk breast care

At Providence, we believe in making health care as easy and effective as possible for you. Our high-risk breast service was developed with that in...

Image-guided biopsy

Ultrasound uses reflected sound waves to produce an image of organs and other structures in the body. This technology can be useful in helping...

Immunotherapy

Biologic therapy is a treatment that uses the patient's immune system to fight cancer. Substances made by the body or made in a laboratory are used...

InfoRx

Questions about InfoRx? We can help Take charge of your health with InfoRx, a simple tool to help you learn about your health care options....

LDR brachytherapy

LDR involves the longer placement of the temporary (several days) or permanent radiation source into the tumor area such as prostate seed implant...

Liver surgery

Liver resection is the surgical removal of part of the liver. This operation is for some types of liver cancer and for certain cases of metastatic...

Lung biopsy

A lung biopsy removes a small piece of lung tissue which can be looked at under a microscope. The biopsy can be done in 4 ways. The method used...

Lung cancer screening

Watch a video featuring Dr. Michael Skokan, pulmonologist, describing the need for lung cancer screening. What is lung cancer screening? When...

Lung surgery (thoracotomy)

Surgery to remove all or part of a lung involves making a cut on one side of your chest (thorax) during a procedure called a thoracotomy. Surgery...

Mammography

A mammogram is an X-ray test of the breasts (mammary glands) used to screen for breast problems, such as a lump, and whether a lump is fluid-filled...

Mammosite

MammoSite is a treatment option for early-stage breast cancer following breast-conserving surgery. Current standard treatment for early-stage...

Mind-Body medicine

Mind-Body medicine is the provision of services which recognize that the mind, the emotions and the spirit all have a role in the healing of the...

Minimally-invasive colorectal surgery

Surgery to remove cancer is almost always the main treatment for colorectal cancer. The type of surgery depends on the size and location of your...

Multidisciplinary cancer care

The evidence-based, multidisciplinary team approach to patient care at Providence Cancer Center is creating hope and changing lives for many people...

Oncology nurse navigator

An oncology nurse navigator is an oncology certified nurse (OCN) who provides  education for each cancer patient concerning their individual...

Oncology social work

Oncology social workers assess the needs of cancer patients. They can facilitate communication with the health care team, provide emotional support...

Palliative care

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from...

Pancreas surgery

One of the following types of surgery may be used to treat pancreatic cancer: Whipple procedure: A surgical procedure in which the head of the...

Portacath

A central venous catheter, or vascular access device (VAD), is a long, thin, flexible tube used to give medicines, fluids, nutrients or blood...

Radiation therapy

External beam radiation therapy treatment, also called x-ray therapy, is directed at the tumor from a machine located away from your body, usually...

Radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency ablation is the use of a special probe with tiny electrodes that kill cancer cells. Sometimes the probe is inserted directly through...

Sleeve lobectomy

Lobectomy: Surgery to remove a whole lobe (section) of the lung. Sleeve resection: Surgery to remove part of the bronchus.

Stereotactic radiosurgery

Stereotactic radiosurgery is a type of radiation therapy that uses a rigid head frame attached to the skull to aim high-dose radiation beams...

Three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT)

Tumors are not regular; they come in different shapes and sizes. Three-dimensional conformal radiation thetapy, or 3D-CRT, uses computers and...

Thymus surgery

Surgery to remove the tumor is the most common treatment of thymoma.

Transarterial chemoembolization

Chemotherapy delivered during hepatic arterial occlusion is called chemoembolization. The anticancer drug is injected into the hepatic artery...

Transitions: An Appearance Center

We carry the following items in our Portland, Oregon locations: mastectomy bras, breast prosthesis, and lymphedema garments. Begin to feel like...

Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS)

A video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) may be done before or instead of a thoracotomy. This procedure involves inserting a long, thin tube...