Inside the Cancer Collaborative

The CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is life changing. It flips priorities and routines upside-down for weeks, months, and sometimes years.

The CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative provides comprehensive, personalized cancer care to help people in the Columbia Pacific region receive the treatment they need while maintaining quality of life.

1. Radiation Therapy

With radiation therapy now available in Astoria, cancer patients can receive the same advanced cancer care and services, using the same state-of-the-art equipment and technologies provided by OHSU, without traveling long distances. Being able to fit radiation therapy into daily life means that people with cancer can maintain a better quality of life throughout treatment.

2. Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology Clinics

Drs. Jennifer Lycette, Sahar Rosenbaum and Amrita Desai work together to create targeted treatment plans to give cancer the one-two punch. Cancer treatment plans are tailored to the person, their specific cancer, and their specific needs. No cancer is routine at the CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative.

3. Onsite Imaging and Labs

Treating cancer requires constant vigilance and careful balance by oncologists. With advanced imaging capabilities, including PET/CT, and a lab station at the CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative, it is easier for patients to get diagnostic tests completed in one visit. These tests allow oncologists to track the size of tumors and the overall health of a patient throughout treatment.

4. Education and Support

The Cancer Collaborative offers wrap-around services to provide education and support to cancer patients and their families. These services include classes and support groups; reading material and products; integrative therapies to support physical and emotional wellbeing; and caregivers who are dedicated to helping patients navigate the logistical, social, and financial aspects of cancer treatment.

5. Chemotherapy Services

Columbia Memorial Hospital has been providing chemotherapy to patients since 2008, when the infusion center was two chairs in a hospital room. The infusion center in the new Cancer Collaborative can serve 12 people at a time. It has Columbia River views and room for family and friends to visit during chemotherapy treatments. The friendly and compassionate infusion nurses do all they can to ensure patients’ comfort.

6. Patient and Family Areas

Community support and a healing environment are at the heart of the CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Center. People are drawn together in front of a cozy fireplace and around puzzle tables. Spirits are lifted by the light and views from broad windows and the journeys offered in the artwork of 17 Northwest artists. Receiving cancer treatment at the CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative makes a difficult journey feel less daunting.

By your side each step of the way

It takes a village to provide comprehensive cancer care. These are just a few of the caregivers who provide support along the way:

  • Nurse Navigator: Guides people newly diagnosed with cancer along the path from diagnosis to survivorship.
  • Care Planner: Acts as patient’s advocate and emotional support; connects patient with community support.
  • Triage Nurse: Serves as the go-to person during treatment for questions and helps to manage side-effects.
  • Pharmacist: Mixes each patient’s unique chemotherapy cocktail.
  • Dosimetrist: Develops each patient’s custom radiation therapy plan to best target the cancer.

Read more from the Fall 2017 issue of the CMH Health Compass.