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Salem Health Cancer Institute

A diverse team with your health and recovery in mind


 

 

Award winning care close to home

 

 

 

 

 

OUR PROMISE

Exceptional care every day

At Salem Health Cancer Institute, we're intensly focused on providing exeptional care. That means providing more than just treatment. It's about lending a hand when it's needed most. It's about being there in both the best of times and also for the challenging times. This is life. Compassionate care is what we think about every day. Your experience here, or those of your friends and family, should be nothing short of exceptional. We're here when you need us. We promise to care for, and about you.

 

 

 

 


 

Partnering for our patients

We partner with the region's most advanced and knowledgeable cancer treatment centers. Our long-standing partnerships help us to create treatment plans that are tailored to each individual.

 

 

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OHSU Knight Cancer Network® member

We have had an affiliation with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute since 2007. Through this important partnership, cancer specialists from Salem Health Cancer Institute and Oregon Health & Science University are collaborating to strengthen a comprehensive, coordinated cancer program right here in Salem.

 


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Oregon Oncology Specialists partner

Oregon Oncology Specialists is dedicated to providing the highest quality care. Their physicians are highly trained experts who treat every patient with precision, confidence and compassion.

 

 

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Annual reports

Our program is continually growing and evolving to meet the needs of our patients. Each year, we reflect on key accomplishments and highlights of our cancer program.

Cancer screening

Regular screenings are the cornerstone of cancer prevention


 

Cancer screening appointments

Talk with your primary care provider to find out what screenings are right for you.

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Recommended cancer screenings

Breast cancer screening
Cervical cancer screening
Colon cancer screening
Lung cancer screening
Prostate cancer screening

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Cancer Genetics Program

More is learned every day about how cancer risk is affected by family history and inherited factors. Some families have hereditary cancer that can be identified with genetic testing.

Roughly five to ten percent of cancers are hereditary and develop due to a gene mutation that has been passed down in the family. As a result, individuals who inherit a mutation from their mother or father are at a higher risk to develop certain cancers.


Understanding your risk factors

Individuals who have a hereditary cancer syndrome have an increased risk for certain cancers and/or to develop second primary cancers. Other family members are also at risk to have the same mutation. In addition, you may have an increased risk for cancer if you or a family member has a history of:

  • Adult cancer diagnosed under the age of 50.
  • More than one type of cancer in the same person.
  • Two or more relatives with the same type of cancer.
  • Male breast cancer.
  • Breast and ovarian cancer in close family members.
  • Colon and uterine cancer in close family members.
  • Breast or ovarian cancer and a Jewish background.
  • More than 10 colon and/or rectal polyps in total (not necessarily found all at once).

 

Genetic counseling can help you:

  • Learn how your own cancer and family history may affect you.
  • Understand if genetic testing makes sense for you.
  • Know what you may or may not gain from genetic testing.
  • Become aware and take steps to reduce your cancer risk.

 

Genetic counseling FAQs

What is a genetic risk assessment?
How do I schedule an appointment?
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For the most up-to-date information about each type of cancer, its treatment and its outlook, visit these national resources.


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Cancer treatment

We represent every specialty involved in cancer treatment


 

We collaborate closely with OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and Oregon Oncology Specialists to provide the latest treatment options to our community.

 


Cancers we treat

The team at Salem Health Cancer Institute is made up of board-certified physicians, oncology-certified nurses, and other clinical specialists from every discipline involved in cancer care.

Bone cancer

Breast cancer

Blood

  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma — Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s
  • Myeloma

Brain tumor

  • Astrocytoma
  • Glioblastoma
  • Meningioma
  • Brain metastases

Carcinoid tumor

Gastrointestinal

  • Anal
  • Colorectal
  • Esophageal
  • Liver
  • Stomach
  • Pancreatic

Gynecologic

  • Cervical
  • Endometrial
  • Ovarian
  • Uterine
  • Vaginal
  • Vulvar

Head and neck

  • Laryngeal
  • Nasal cavity and paranasal sinus
  • Nasopharyngeal
  • Oral
  • Salivary gland
  • Thyroid

Thoracic cancer

  • Chest wall tumors
  • Lung
  • Mediastinal tumors
  • Mesothelioma
  • Non-small cell
  • Pulmonary metastasis
  • Small cell

Skin Cancer

  • Melanoma
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma

Sarcoma

Urological

  • Bladder
  • Kidney
  • Prostate
  • Testicular

 


 

For the most up-to-date information about each type of cancer, its treatment and its outlook, visit these national resources.


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Preparing for cancer treatment

Soon after a cancer diagnosis, a doctor will discuss treatment options with you. It is very easy to become overwhelmed during this time — you may feel like you’ve lost control of your body. One way to feel more in control is to take an active approach to preparing for treatment. Below are four ways to feel more in control.

 

 

 

 

 

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Clinical trials

Cancer clinical trials often compare the most accepted cancer treatment with a new type of treatment. The hope is that the new treatment will be better.

Our affiliation with OHSU Knight Cancer Institute means we work closely with researchers to provide high-quality cancer care. We tailor the clinical trials to the needs of the community — including quality of life trials.

Talk with your doctor or call the Salem Health clinical research department at 503-814-1435 to see if clinical trials are an option for you.


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Cancer support

Resources to help you throughout your cancer journey


 


“I went through chemo, surgery and radiation for breast cancer. I'm so grateful for all the incredible support I got — and to be alive and well!"

Andrea D. — Salem Health Cancer Institute patient


 

Treating the whole person

Exceptional care means going above and beyond. Each person's cancer experience is different. We customize treatment and support plans for everyone that walks through our doors. Besides receiving medical treatment from oncologists, you'll meet with specialists that will help with everything else.

 


 

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Nurse navigators

 

 

Patient meeting with a cancer nurse navigator

Oncology counselor

 

 

Patient meeting with a cancer nurse navigator

Resource coordinator

 

 

 

 

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Registered dietitian

 

 

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Peer support volunteers

 

 

 

 

 


Meet our support team

We realize a new cancer diagnosis brings a mix of emotions, questions and uncertainty that may be overwhelming. Our team is here for you and your family, providing free support services and communicating with your providers, to assure continuity in your overall care.

 

Melanie Berry - Oncology Counselor

Melanie Berry
Oncology Counselor

 

Teresa Pimentel - Registered Dietitian

Teresa Pimentel
Registered dietitian

Michelle Garibay

Michelle Garibay
Resource coordinator

 

Sabrina Borup

Sabrina Borup
Intake coordinator

 

Kathy Wolfe - Nurse Navigator

Kathy Wolfe
Breast nurse navigator

Liz Colwell

Liz Colwell
Breast nurse navigator

 

Jeanette Keating

Jeanette Keating
Nurse navigator

Lisa Rausch — nurse navigator

Lisa Rausch
Nurse navigator

 

 


Cancer support groups

People often find comfort when they talk to others with similar experiences. Our support groups are essential for positive emotional healing and recovery.

COVID-19 has created many obstacles for conducting safe social group gatherings. Call us at 503-814-1449, option 5, for details about current meeting times.

 

Our support groups

Breast cancer support group
Latina cancer support group
Gynecologic cancer support group
Knit Well Support Group
Prostate cancer support group
Thriving and Surviving Cancer Support Group
Women’s advanced cancer support group

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Cancer wellness

Resources to help you throughout your cancer journey


 


Cancer Survivors Day

 

 

Education & awareness

Salem Health Cancer Institute partners with cancer specialists to provide education and awareness to our patients and communities.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


Improve your spiritual and mental health

Tending the mind

Learn more about relaxing, improving your spiritual health and enjoying the moment.

Tending the spirit

“The events of the past year have presented us with many lessons to consider. A few of them are that life is worthy of celebration, that life is best lived in community, that our approach to a situation oftentimes effects the outcome, and that life is too short to postpone joy.” Rev. Ken Morse, Salem Health chaplain

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Cancer providers

The most experienced group of cancer providers in the Mid-Willamette Valley


 

Provider specialties

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Cancer surgery

Cancer surgeons treat cancer by surgically removing tumors and cancerous cells. Our providers are certified through the American Board of Surgery.




Gastroenterology

Gastroenterologists focus on the function of — and disease in — the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, pancreas, bile ducts and liver.




Genetic counseling

Genetic counselors conduct risk assessments for cancer based on a patient's medical and family history.

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Nancy Ledbetter, CNS
Genetics




Gynecologic oncology

Gynecologic oncologists use an integrated approach of surgically managing the cancerous and non-cancerous conditions of the female reproductive system.




Medical oncology

Medical oncologists are the main cancer providers. They specialize in diagnosing and treating cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and targeted therapies.




Neurosurgery

Neurosurgeons provide surgical treatment to patients who have cancer in their neurological system (brain or spinal cord/column).




Otolaryngology

Otolaryngologists provide medical and surgical management of cancers in the head, neck and throat.




Pathology

Pathologists examine organs and tissue samples to help diagnose diseases.




Plastic surgery

Plastic surgeons perform reconstructive surgery to help patients regain as much form and function after cancer is removed.




Pulmonology

Pulmonologists provide treatment for patients with a cancer diagnosis of the respiratory and pulmonary system. These providers often play a key role in diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer.




Radiation oncology

Radiation oncologists specialize in delivering carefully targeted doses of high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells (i.e., tumors).




Radiology

Radiologists are involved with locating and diagnosing diseases within the body. They review and interpret imaging scans and send results to the ordering provider.




Thoracic surgery

Surgeons focus on the chest to remove cancers that affect the lungs and lymph nodes.




Urology

Urologists diagnose and treat cancers of the bladder, kidneys, prostate and male reproductive organs.

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