prevention

A Native American health focus at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

Knight Cancer physician Amanda Bruegl, M.D., is leading an effort to understand health issues among Native American tribes and communities in the Pacific Northwest, with a special focus on gynecologic cancer.   Throughout medical training, Amanda Bruegl’s commitment to work with Native Americans never faltered. As a member of the Oneida and Stockbridge-Munsee tribes, she is one of two Native American gynecologic oncologists in the United States. “When I was looking for a job,” she says, … Read More

The rise of liver cancer deaths in Oregon

Seven of the 10 U.S. counties with the fastest growth in liver cancer deaths are in Oregon, according to an analysis by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. Oregon’s mortality rate from liver cancer, 6.74 per 100,000, is still lower than the national rate of 6.81. But Oregon’s death rate has risen 174 percent since 1980, while the national rate rose 88 percent. A news report in The Bend Bulletin notes … Read More

Knight Cancer signal achievements of 2016

The staff and faculty of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute accomplished much together during the past year. Here’s a sampling of achievements that reflect the mission of delivering compassionate care and scientific discoveries that will end cancer as we know it:

A new way to guide cancer immune therapy

A new way to guide cancer immune therapy

Scrutinizing the immune cells infiltrating a tumor may reveal its vulnerability or resistance to immune-based therapies—and perhaps improve treatment success. Knight Cancer scientist Lisa Coussens and colleagues describe the work in a new paper.