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News | local | OPB News BlogOct. 21, 2014 9:01 p.m.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month will wrap up in less than two weeks, but Washington state is bringing more attention to the disease that affects one in eight women in the U.S.
News | Sports | local | OPB News BlogSept. 29, 2014 8:21 p.m.
The University of Oregon Ducks will be looking pretty in pink in October to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Business and unions are often found at opposite ends of an issue. But Phil Knight's $500 million challenge to cure cancer appears to have united the old foes.
Providence Health System joined Vice President Joe Biden’s effort Wednesday to better treat cancer.
A woman who works in Portland has sued Bullseye Glass, alleging the art glass maker directly caused her terminal lung cancer.
News | Politics | Election | local | Election 2016April 13, 2016 11:37 p.m.
Republican Bud Pierce and his wife, Selma, have now put more than $1 million into his race for Oregon governor, making them the biggest self-funders in state politics this year.
Despite having a reputation for gray skies, Oregon has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the nation. OHSU is holding a ‘War On Skin Cancer’ event Saturday to help figure out why.
News | Air | local | Environment | Health | Portland's Toxic Air ProblemApril 1, 2016 11:05 p.m.
Health officials say there was a small but significant increase in the number of bladder cancers in North Portland over five years — between 1999 and 2003.
Jenny Conlee, the accordionist, pianist and keyboard player for the Decemberists and Black Prairie, talks about her experience going through treatment and coming out the other side.
Randall Children's Hospital, in partnership with Pablove Shutterbug Photography, facilitated a grant from the Livestrong Foundation to allow children with cancer to learn fundamentals of photography.
The three-part PBS film "The Emperor of All Maladies" includes discussion of the cancer breakthrough drug Gleevec, developed by OHSU researcher, Brian Druker.
When photographer Jock Bradley’s sister died from ovarian cancer last year, his grief and experience dealing with her illness led to the birth of a new art project. Now a website and budding outreach organization, Portraits of Cancer documents the realities of life for people struggling with the disease.
Last Friday, the Health Evidence Review Commission approved Guideline 12, a measure they say will open up care for more cancer patients under the Oregon Health Plan. The new guidelines did away with a stipulation that restricted treatment for patients with less than two years to live. Still, there are those who oppose the measure, arguing that legislating cancer treatment based on things like age and life expectancy is illegal under the Affordable Care Act.
An advisory panel to the National Cancer Institute has recommended changing the names of some precancerous tumors in an effort to lower overdiagnosis and overtreatment.
The idea is that the word cancer can cause such trauma and fear that it leads to rash and unnecessary procedures. An example of a cancer the panel recommends downgrading is ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), what is sometimes called stage 0 breast cancer. Some women undergo mastectomies and chemotherapy to destroy tumors that likely would have never left the milk duct.
This sort of pulling back from cancer detection and treatment has been a hard sell for doctors, thanks in large part to their successes educating the public about cancer. For decades, the most persistent mantra about cancer was early detection. If cancers could be found at nascent stages, the reasoning went, more people could be saved. More and better screenings ensued. Until a few years ago, this was considered great news. Now, though, there's a growing belief among doctors and researchers that more detection hasn't led to greater survival rates and it may even cause more harm than good with some cancers. The most famous example of this change in thinking came in 2009 when the guidelines for mammograms were changed, having women start screening later and less frequently.
Andrea Leggitt's laser-cut designs draw on familiar memes like Grumpy Cat and cult favorites like Twin Peaks. She found an audience of "Internet nerds" during her battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.