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5 Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer That Every Woman Should Know

September 15, 2017

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, so it's a good time to learn more about early detection to help save lives. Certain risk factors, including being overweight and a history of ovarian cancer in the family, may increase your chances of being diagnosed. Ovarian cancer research clinical trials are underway, but it's still good for patients to be educated about detecting ovarian cancer early.

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How Eating Healthy Foods Can Help Prevent Cancer

August 30, 2017

Eating a healthy, balanced diet provides your body with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to get you through your day. But did you know that eating a healthy diet can also reduce your risk of certain types of cancers? Discover some cancer-fighting foods that may be no further away than your pantry or refrigerator.

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Pay Attention to Your Lymph Nodes for Cancer Signs

July 24, 2017

Lymph nodes (also called lymph glands) are part of your immune system, and they let you know when your body is fighting an infection by becoming enlarged or sensitive to the touch. They also function as an early warning system for some types of cancer.

What are Lymph Nodes?

Lymph is a clear fluid that circulates throughout your body, bringing nutrients to cells and carrying away bacteria and waste products. This fluid flows through a special system of tiny vessels in your body, passing through small bean-shaped filtering organs called lymph nodes. Some nodes are as large as an inch across, while others are as small as a pinhead.

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When Should You Get a Prostate Cancer Screening?

July 17, 2017

Are you interested in learning about prostate cancer screening? It's important to remember that many perfectly healthy people are screened for prostate cancer as part of their regular health care. Doctors sometimes recommend testing simply because of your age or family history. Other times, patients have some symptoms, and their doctor may suggest a prostate cancer screening as the first step to understanding the problem.

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Meet Your Team: Heather Wood, RN, BSN, OCN

July 10, 2017

“The most important thing our patients need to know is they are going to be taken care of. We’re their team. We’re their people and we’re going to get them through this.”

Heather Wood has been an oncology nurse since 2009. She knows firsthand the life-changing impact of cancer on both patients and their families, having gone through treatment with her mom, a breast cancer survivor. Heather is very approachable. Her goal is to do everything possible to make a difficult journey easier. Education is essential in that goal. In her role as Nurse Educator, Heather provides chemo education at all Compass sites and leads community educational events. Knowing what’s happening and why is an important step in alleviating fear regarding chemo. She is also an active member of the Survivorship team and teaches Compass chemo standards to new team members.

When not a work, Heather loves spending time with her husband, gardening, house projects and a good book.

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Meet Your Team: Michelle Vieira, MSW

July 10, 2017

Michelle has been in the medical social work field for over 4 years, with experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She earned her masters degree in social work with a clinical concentration in mental health from Boston College. Her goal is to provide support to patients, families, and caregivers as they navigate cancer by offering practical resources, referrals, and counseling. Michelle sees patients at the Compass Tualatin and West locations. To schedule an appointment, please call 503-384-9952.

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Meet Your Team: Jamie Newell, MSW, LCSW

July 10, 2017

“I am so moved by the grace and strength, as well as the vulnerability, that people have in dealing with this foreign world of cancer treatment. It’s an honor to be able to support them through this time.”

Jamie Newell is an oncology social worker and helps lead program development of Compass palliative care services. The program’s goal is to help patients and their loved ones live well with cancer through additional symptom management and support. Dealing with
the upheaval and uncertainty of cancer is no easy task and Jamie is committed to walking with her patients every step of the way. She offers counseling to address the emotional and spiritual health of patients, family members and caregivers that is so important during
treatment. She is a resource and an advocate, helping to bring clarity to issues and connecting patients with critical resources. Jamie has particular expertise in helping parents navigate the complexities of parenting while dealing with their cancer diagnosis.

When not working, Jamie loves spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors.

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Meet Your Team: Lydia Mills, MSW, LCSW, LICSW

July 10, 2017

Lydia has been with Compass Oncology over three years, providing a supportive presence for patients and families through counseling, emotional support, and referrals to community resources. She has worked in medical social work for over 10 years, including adult and pediatric oncology and hospice care. Lydia earned her masters degree in social work at Portland State University. Lydia sees patients at the Compass Rose Quarter and Tualatin locations. To schedule an appointment please call, 503.528.5212.

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Meet Your Team: Virginia Hill, LCSW, LICSW, OSW-C

July 10, 2017

Virginia earned her masters degree in social work from Portland State University and has been a licensed clinical social worker for more than 20 years focusing on counseling and medical social work. Her goal is to ease her patients and their families’ journey through challenging times by providing them with both emotional and practical support. Virginia sees patients at the Compass Vancouver location. To schedule an appointment please call, 360.773.8630.

Learn more about Virginia

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What is Inflammatory Breast Cancer?

June 12, 2017

Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare but aggressive form of breast cancer. Accounting for less than 5% of all breast cancer diagnoses, the cancer forms in the cells that line the breasts’ milk ducts, but quickly spreads to nearby lymph nodes and sometimes other tissues in the body. The cancer is called “inflammatory” because the cancer cells usually block the lymph vessels in the breast. This causes fluid to build up, which leads to inflammation that is usually red and tender.

How is Inflammatory Breast Cancer Different than Typical Breast Cancers?

Compared to slower-growing forms of breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer progresses and spreads through the body quickly – sometimes in a matter of weeks.

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