Cancer Care

Cancer can be a scary word, but getting a treatment plan doesn’t have to be. Cancer refers to any one of a large number of diseases characterized by the development of abnormal cells that divide uncontrollably and have the ability to infiltrate and destroy normal body tissue. Cancer often has the ability to spread throughout your body. At CRHC we treat all types of solid tumors or blood cancers, as well as non-cancerous.

Our provider, Dr. Devon Webster is a medical oncologist with additional training in breast cancer. She earned her MD from Stanford University and completed her fellowship at the University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. Webster has loved practicing in a small rural community in Oregon over the past 5 years. She describes herself as a fierce advocate for her patients and believes everyone deserves the highest-quality cancer care close to where they live. She also knows from personal experience what it’s like to face a complex, life-threatening illness, and she approaches her patients with that understanding. “I develop deep relationships with patients and their families. I’m always honored that people let me be part of their human experience of facing cancer. It’s a privilege I never take lightly.” She loves to educate her patients in a way they understand and to partner with them in their treatment decisions. In her free time she enjoys being out in nature, reading, writing, and making art. She would like to learn how to fly fish someday! Dr. Webster will be seeing patients with all types of cancer and blood disorders at Clarinda Regional Heath Center.

 

Cancer patient survival rates are improving for many types of cancer, thanks to improvements in cancer screening and cancer treatment.

Cancer Treatment Options:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Targeted Therapy
  • Hormone Therapy

Prevention:

There’s no certain way to prevent cancer. But doctors have identified several ways of reducing your cancer risk, such as:

  • Stop smoking. If you smoke, quit. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. Smoking is linked to several types of cancer — not just lung cancer. Stopping now will reduce your risk of cancer in the future.
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure. Harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can increase your risk of skin cancer. Limit your sun exposure by staying in the shade, wearing protective clothing, or applying sunscreen.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Choose a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Select whole grains and lean proteins.
  • Exercise most days of the week. Regular exercise is linked to a lower risk of cancer. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. If you haven’t been exercising regularly, start out slowly, and work your way up to 30 minutes or longer.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese may increase your risk of cancer. Work to achieve and maintain a healthy weight through a combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation, if you choose to drink. If you choose to drink alcohol, limit yourself to one drink a day if you’re a woman of any age or a man older than age 65, or two drinks a day if you’re a man 65 years old or younger.
  • Schedule cancer screening exams. Talk to your doctor about what types of cancer screening exams are best for you based on your risk factors.
  • Ask your doctor about immunizations. Certain viruses increase your risk of cancer. Immunizations may help prevent those viruses, including hepatitis B, which increases the risk of liver cancer, and human papillomavirus (HPV), which increases the risk of cervical cancer and other cancers. Ask your doctor whether immunization against these viruses is appropriate for you.

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Sources:

“Cancer.” Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cancer/symptoms-causes/syc-20370588?_ga=2.171340576.1018904641.1591125831-16850453.1591125831