Surviving brain tumors decades apart
Ruth Marie Jones had a brain tumor as an infant and tumors in a bone above her right eye at age 5. Forty years later, a new brain tumor was found. Jones says neurosurgery and high-tech radiation therapy at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute have been the key to helping her stay active in her church and community. Read Jones' story.
Thriving with love, wisdom and gratitude
Pamela Feidelson's cancer journey began at a routine check-up with her gynecologist. At 38, three words changed her life: You have cancer. After three months of chemotherapy, a mastectomy, reconstruction and several hairstyles, she is cancer-free. It's been almost 10 years since her diagnosis, and she says she no longer thinks about cancer every day. Knowing how precious life is, though, she fills hers with love, wisdom and gratitude. Read more.
Three dots mark the spot
Liberty Barnes got her first tattoos at the age of 41: three tiny blue dots on her chest and either side of her rib cage. Why? To help OHSU technologists align her body for radiation therapy to treat her breast cancer. After her diagnosis, Barnes had appointments all over town. Then she sought a second opinion at the Knight Cancer Institute's breast cancer clinic. She saw the specialists she needed in one day and ended up receiving her care here. Read about her experience and what she thinks of those tattoos now.
A colonoscopy “could save your life”
After Angie Laroche was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer at age 40, she decided to share her story to encourage others to seek treatment sooner. Laroche had noticed changes but was embarrassed to talk to her doctor. By the time she went in for a colonoscopy, she had colon cancer that had spread to her liver. She found a care team she trusts at the Knight Cancer Institute but knows how important early detection can be. Read more about Angie's story.
Colon cancer during pregnancy at 29
Michelle Barnes of Medford was 29 and just shy of 20 weeks pregnant when she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Her doctors referred her to OHSU, where teams of specialists arranged surgery to remove her tumor and protect her pregnancy. Read more about Michelle's story.
Grateful for robotic surgery
Finding “nuggets of beauty”
Brianna Barrett had an unusual reaction when her doctor called to tell her she had Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The 24-year-old picked up her camera and started filming a documentary series, “Cancerland.” Read more about Brianna's story and how she turned having cancer into a way to find “nuggets of beauty” and how she found comfort in OHSU’s support group for young adults with cancer.
Surviving after a diagnosis at age 23
My life's been given back to me
When Robert Shick was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in 2005, he thought he’d been given a death sentence. Instead, he manages his illness with a pill - Gleevec - pioneered through the work of OHSU’s Dr. Brian Druker, now the director of the Knight Cancer Institute. Shick has channeled his gratitude into passionate advocacy for the institute, serving on the Knight Cancer Institute Council and helping to raise millions of dollars. Read more about Robert's story.
Fighting cancer with Matt’s Army
Matt McCallum was training for a half marathon when he was hit with exhaustion, headaches and body pains. He was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2014 and underwent a bone marrow transplant at OHSU. Gabi, his fiancee, organized a Facebook group called Matt’s Army to surround McCallum with support. Read more about Matt’s treatment at the Knight Cancer Institute, how he found a marrow match, and what he and Gabi are up to now.
Among the first to try Gleevec
“I had Gleevec”
Katie Knudson was diagnosed with CML at age 6, one month after the Food and Drug Administration approved Gleevec. Now a young woman, Knudson credits the Knight Cancer Institute and Dr. Brian Druker for enabling her to survive cancer and to thrive as an athlete, dancer and student.
Aiming for the Ironman
A performance to remember
Suse Skinner lit up the room with her smile, positivity and humor. A breast cancer survivor, she went on to battle acute myeloid leukemia. In August 2016, she was admitted to OHSU, where she underwent 24/7 chemotherapy for six days followed by six weeks of recovery. Skinner wrote and performed the song, "The Good Ship OHSU" to show her gratitude to everyone on her care team: the nurses; Dr. Uma Borate and Dr. Rachel Cook; the cafeteria staff; and the people who kept her room "comfortable and clean." Read more.
Partnership with Salem Cancer Center
When Deborah Hansen was diagnosed with liver cancer at the Salem Cancer Center, her oncologist knew where to send her for surgery: the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. Because the Salem center and OHSU are partners, the referral was especially easy. Read more about Deborah’s story.
Turning the tide against tanning
Sharing his story to help others
Getting back to biking
“I’m going to fight this thing as long as I can”
Bryce Olson was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2014 at age 45. Since then, the Intel executive, husband and father of a young daughter has been on a quest to not only live longer but to help the Knight Cancer Institute find breakthroughs for other patients. Read more about Olson, his care at the Knight Cancer Institute, and about Intel’s partnership with OHSU to speed up tumor analysis so cancers can be targeted at the molecular level.
“I believe attitude is everything”
Rick Dancer was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010 at age 50. He documented his treatment at the Knight Cancer Institute in this 2013 six-part video series. His therapy included state-of-the-art Calypso radiation therapy.
Enjoying grandchildren and great-grandchildren
Knight Cancer doctor “gave me hope”
How you can help
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