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Colon Cancer: Lynn’s Story

Monday, June 21, 2021

After suffering from severe stomach pain for over a year, at 32 years old Lynn’s world was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with stage two colon cancer. Lynn first noticed something was wrong when she developed blood in her stool and was unable to complete bowel movements. After multiple ultrasounds and visits to the doctor, Lynn ended up in the emergency room due to the pain. A colonoscopy confirmed the cancerous polyps.

Is Oregon a Hotbed for Melanoma?

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Michael Adler, MD

Over the last 50 years, the global rate of melanoma incidence has increased dramatically, on average between 3-5 percent per year. In the US alone, almost 100,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in 2021. Until recently, overall mortality rates for melanoma have risen as well, but the combination of early detection and more effective immunotherapy for metastatic disease are changing this trend. As dermatologists, we aim for the timely diagnosis and removal of melanoma at its earliest stages, ideally doing complete skin checks of patients at highest risk.

Honoring Pride Month

Monday, June 7, 2021

Each June, the rainbow flag - a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) pride - flies in celebration of diversity and equality. During Pride Month, we reflect on progress and commit to the ongoing work for equality and acceptance.

Expanding Management Options for Thyroid Cancer

Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Lauren Orr, MD

Over the past few decades, the rate of new thyroid cancer diagnoses has increased significantly in the US and worldwide. Much of this rising incidence is thought to be due to increased detection of papillary thyroid cancers, which are often indolent. Accordingly, disease-specific mortality has remained relatively stable and overall quite low. The approach to managing differentiated thyroid cancers, namely the papillary and follicular types, has evolved in accordance with data that most of these cases will have an excellent prognosis.