About Salem Health Cancer Institute

Meet a diverse team of people who all have your health and recovery in mind.

What is Salem Health Cancer Institute?

Salem Health Cancer Institute is the collaborative alliance bringing the many providers, practices, and services across the continuum of cancer care together to provide the best possible experience and outcome for our patients and their families.

Salem Health Cancer Institute works with primary and specialty practices across the mid-Willamette valley to bring the highest level of cancer care to our community. This means if you or a family member are facing a cancer diagnosis you can be rest assured a group of multidisciplinary providers are working together to decide on the best course of treatment and supportive care.

When you receive care through the Salem Health Cancer Institute, you may encounter providers through any of the following independent practices: Oregon Oncology Specialists, Radiation Therapy Consultants, Salem Health Gynecologic Oncology, Salem Health Breast Center, Salem Gastroenterology, Salem Radiology Consultants, Salem Health Medical Group, Salem Clinic, Salem Pulmonary Associates, Pacific Pathology, Willamette Urology, Willamette ENT, WVP Medical Group, and other independent practices.

Who cares for me at Salem Health Cancer Institute?

Hematologists are doctors who specialize in blood disorders, such as leukemia and lymphoma.

Medical oncologists are doctors who manage chemical-based treatments like chemotherapy and hormone therapy.

Radiation oncologists are doctors who specialize in treating cancer with radiation, either using external machines or implanted radioactive material.

Gynecologic oncologists specialize in treating cancers of the female reproductive system.

Surgeons specialize in treating cancer with surgery by physically removing as much of the cancer from the body as possible.

Gastroenterologists are doctors who specialize in the digestive system and its disorders.

Pulmonologists are doctors who specialize in diseases and conditions of the chest.

Palliative care providers include physicians and nurse practitioners that offer an extra layer of support for patients with serious illness and their loved ones at any stage of the disease. Learn more about our palliative care program.

Pathologists interpret laboratory tests and evaluating cells, tissues and organs before, during and after your treatment.

Radiologists perform and interpret imaging tests, such as x-rays or ultrasound.

Urologists are doctors who specialize in the surgical and medical diseases of the urinary tract and the male reproductive organs.

Support services

Cancer nurse navigators are certified oncology nurses with decades of experience. They provide education about your diagnosis, help you identify needs, and assist with problem solving.

A social worker helps you and your family with emotional wellness by providing counseling, coping strategies, and support.

A patient navigator associate provides resources on financial assistance for prescriptions, treatment, and transportation.

A registered dietitian helps you optimize your nutrition during treatment and combat treatment-related side-effects.

Peer navigators are trained volunteers available to listen, encourage, and share their experiences as fellow survivors.

In-hospital care

The integrated inpatient oncology unit includes an experienced team of oncology certified nurses, medical-surgical certified nurses, and hospice and palliative care staff ready to care for you or your loved one during a hospital stay. Our palliative care program—including a team of doctors, nurses, social workers and chaplains—cares for people when an illness causes pain, symptoms or stress.