The Value of Health and Healing

By Sahar Rosenbaum, MD, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology Services

CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative, Astoria, Oregon

Dr. Sahar Rosenbaum, radiation oncologist

Cancer scares us, however in many cases we’re able to control it for long periods of time. It has become a chronic disease.

Over the last 20 years of treating cancer patients, I have come to realize that emotions have a strong impact on healing. Receiving treatment close to your family and within your community is ideal.

The challenge is for us to control cancer while helping people maintain a good quality of life. It’s difficult to fight really hard when you have to leave home and everything that gives you comfort in order to receive treatment. That’s why is such a privilege to be part of the team that shapes how radiation oncology care is delivered in the new CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative.

As a radiation oncologist (cancer doctor who specializes in radiation therapy), I am glad to have state-of-the-art equipment that now allows us to deliver targeted, individualized radiation therapy and to monitor the impact of treatment on tumors. But as a former psychologist, I realize that controlling the disease isn’t enough if treatment leaves a person with a hole in their sense of self.

The new Cancer Collaborative is a hub of care, resources and treatment for cancer survivors. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy treatments are overlaid by services to support you physically, socially and emotionally along the path during treatment and beyond.

We will deliver advanced cancer treatment close to home in a way that honors your journey and the role that emotions play in cancer.

We bring you more than cancer treatment, we are bringing you the true value of health and healing.

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

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