Compass Oncology News

Dr. Ian Schnadig presented a poster titled “Impact of number of lines of therapy following docetaxel in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer” at the 2014 ASCO Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in San Francisco.
January 31, 2014

Dr. Miklos Simon is a co-author on the study titled: "Randomized Phase II trial of preoperative chemoradiotherapy with or without cetuximab in locally advanced rectal adenocarcinoma" being presented at ASCO GI in San Francisco.
January 15, 2014 

Mastectomies have become much less invasive, debilitating
Dr. Toni Storm-Dickerson talks about advancements in breast surgery methods 
October 2013

Knowledge of cancer grows; Disease’s origin remains a mystery
Dr. Toni Storm-Dickerson quoted
October 2013

US News Talks With No Evidence of Disease
Dr. Will Winter one of the six N.E.D. band members talks about how the band was formed and their mission to raise awareness about gynecologic cancers
August 2013

ASCO’s International Cancer Corps Program Expands to Bhutan, Costa Rica, and Paraguay
Interview with Bhutan Program Director Miklos Simon, MD
August 2013 

Hey, Cancer: Consider Yourself Warned Compass Oncology Isn't Playing Around
Compass Oncology was featured in The Physicians Report, a publication of Physicians Insurance. Brad Perrigo was interviewed for the piece.
Summer 2013

Dr. Lucy Langer interviewed on KGW News channel 8 about genetic risk testing for mutations that increase risk for certain hereditary cancers 
May 2013

Doctora Tammy De La Melena desmitifica algunas falsas creencias sobre el cancer de sen
April 2013

American Cancer Society program offering patients rides to treatment needs more volunteers
Patients grateful for Road to Recovery program that provides rides to and from their cancer treatments.
March 2013 

Dr. Miklos Simon is in the March edition of the ASCO Connection magazine that highlights the ASCO International program, a partnership with Health Volunteers Overseas. Find Dr. Simon’s photo on page 33 of the magazine, or pages 34-35/60 of the online version.
March 2013

Cynthia Stephens, OCN, spoke to KGW TV about Niasha Oden and her Cranes of Hope delivery to the Compass Oncology East office.
March 2013

Justin Gress and Cheryl Kesterson were featured in a Beaverton Valley Times article about Niasha Oden, an 11-year old who delivers inspiring origami cranes to our patients.
January 2013

Drs. Gosewehr, Winter and Van Ho named Top Docs 2013
Congratulations to Drs. Gosewehr, Winter and Van Ho for being named “Top Docs” in the January 2013 issue of Portland Monthly Magazine.

John Smith II, MD selected Breast Cancer "Hero of the Day"
Dr. Smith is one of Oregon’s premier breast medical oncologists, researchers, patient advocates and community leaders. He’s admired for being a patient’s doctor that has a contagious laugh and takes a caring and compassionate approach to medicine.
Until Every Woman Knows
October 2012

Rocking Cancer Doctors
Watch Compass Oncology's Dr. Will Winter and fellow N.E.D. band members live on the Today Show in New York helping spread the word about gynecologic cancer awareness.
September 2012

Medical Mamas
Read about three of Compass Oncology's Medical Mamas in the September issue of Portland Family Magazine.  Dr. Tammy De La Melena, Dr. Lucy Langer and Dr. Toni Storm-Dickerson answer questions about "Why they chose to go into the medical field," "Favorite things about being a mother,"  and "How they are able to separate work stresses from family time." 
September 2012 

Nutrition and exercise in cancer survivors
Written by Maggie Solti, MD and Tracy Webb, PA-C
Community Oncology
August 2012 

Annie's Cancer Club
Dr. Chris Yasenchak and Dr. Greg Patton were mentioned in a story in the Lake Oswego Review about their patient, Annie Winchester, whose experience with cancer inspired her to start Annie’s Cancer Club.
May 3, 2012 

Yearly Pap test not needed, two groups say
Dr. Colleen McCormick was featured in The Scribe commenting on the recent U.S. Preventative Services Task Force guidelines for cervical cancer screening.
April 20, 2012

Dr. Ralph Weinstein contributed to a recently published study from US Oncology Research: “Association of Rash With Outcomes in a Randomized Phase II Trial Evaluating Cetuximab in Combination With Mitoxantrone Plus Prednisone After Docetaxel for Metastatic Castration-resistant  Prostate Cancer.”
March 2012

“Best of ASH” Features Two Studies with Contributions from US Oncology Research Affiliated Physicians
Studies focused on treatment of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) recognized by the American Society of Hematology
Kathryn Kolibaba, M.D., medical oncologist with Compass Oncology, also made considerable contributions to the BTK study presented at ASH in December. 
January 2012

Purls of Wisdom Knitting Group Benefits Cancer Patients
Beverly Moser, RN, wrote a thoughtful note thanking the Purls of Wisdom Knitting Group for donating 43 knit caps to give to our Rose Quarter patients undergoing chemotherapy. Bev’s letter and information about the group was featured online in the Cedar Sinai Park Blog. 
January 18, 2012

Dr. Lucy Langer and Dr. Will Winter named Top Docs 2012
Congratulations to Dr. Langer and Dr. Winter for being named “Top Docs” in the January 2012 issue of Portland Monthly Magazine.  
January 2012

A Family That Gives Together, Grows Together
Dr. Scott Schneider was featured in last month’s issue of Vancouver Family Magazine, discussing the value of giving back to the community.  You can read the full story by clicking on the link above and following instructions to view the article on page 14.
December 2011

Dr. Jay Andersen participated in a poster discussion at the 2011 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS)
Dr. Andersen participated in a poster discussion during the 2011 CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), an international scientific symposium for interaction and exchange among basic scientists and clinicians in breast cancer. The poster discussion is titled: Randomized Phase II Trial of Fulvestrant with or without Dasatinib in Postmenopausal Patients with Hormone Receptor-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer Previously Treated with an Aromatase Inhibitor.
December 1, 2011

Dr. Kathryn Kolibaba participated in studies presented at the 2011 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition
Dr. Kolibaba is one of fifteen leading investigators affiliated with US Oncology Research involved in studies that will be displayed as posters at the 2011 American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition. In addition, the abstracts were also published in print and online in the November 18th supplemental volume of Blood journal.
November 29,2011

Camas woman strives for normalcy following mastectomy
Krista Colvin, a patient of Dr. Kolibaba, talks about her reconstructive surgery and the Phase 3 clinical trial she has been participating in at Compass Oncology.
Erin Middlewood, The Columbian
November 22, 2011       

Dr. Ian Schnadig Answers Questions about Prostate Cancer
Dr. Schnadig contributed commonly asked questions and answers about prostate cancer and the risk factors to watch for in the November issue of Portland Family magazine.
November 11, 2011

Ellen Patterson's journey:  High school cross country runner's battle with cancer
Ellen Patterson, a patient of Dr. Lisa McCluskey, shares her story of overcoming surgery and chemotherapy to battle ovarian cancer.
Norm Maves Jr., The Oregonian
October 31, 2011

Dr. Lucy Langer on the KUIK Jayne Carroll Show
Dr. Langer was a guest speaker on the KUIK Jayne Carroll Show during breast cancer awareness month discussing genetic risk evaluation and testing to determine if you have inherited cancer risks.   
October 7, 2011

Dr. Scott Rushing on OPB Think Out Loud
Dr. Rushing was a guest speaker on the Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) Think Out Loud segment discussing Non-Communicable Diseases in Developing Countries.  Dr. Rushing shared experiences from a trip to Rwanda in April where he and Caroline Fung, physician assistant, performed surgery, provided supplies and helped train local physicians to see and treat cervical cancer which is the No. 1 lethal cancer in Rwanda.  Listen to the podcast
Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) 
September 19, 2011

Doctora Tammy De La Melena:  Como hacerse un auto-exámen
Recuerde que los tres pasos simples para la detección temprana son mamografías periódicas, exámenes clínicos y auto examinarse.
KUNP Univision Portland
September 1, 2011 

Doctora Tammy De La Melena:  La importancia de la detección temprana     
Roxy De La Torre habla con Doctora De La Melena sobre la importancia de la detección temprana del cáncer de seno.
KUNP Univision Portland
August 23, 2011

Oregon doctors, hospitals and patients wrestle with growing drug shortages
Dr. Gerald Segal, medical oncologist at Compass Oncology, comments on growing cancer drug shortages.
Nick Budnick, The Oregonian
July 8, 2011

Medical Team Makes a House Call to Rwandans
Dr. R. Scott Rushing, gynecologic oncologist, and Caroline Fung, physician assistant, at Compass Oncology, were featured in an article about their recent rip to Ginsenyi, Rwanda in April.  With their help, physicians in the small town now have the knowledge and supplies to see and treat cervical cancer which is the No. 1 lethal cancer in Rwanda.  In a week the medical team screened about 80 women and treated 18 who tested positive for precancerous cells.
May 1, 2011

Q&A The Nature of Cancer
Dr. Daniel Gruenberg, medical oncologist at Compass Oncology, talks with his patient Jen Newlin, a Nature Conservancy staffer about medicine and nature.
April 28, 2011 

SGO:  ESAs Linked to Mortality Risk in Ovarian Cancer
Dr. Will Winter, gynecologic oncologist at Compass Oncology, was quoted in the March MedPage Today article associating ESA use and an increased risk of venous thromboembolism and an increased risk of cancer recurrence.  The study was published as an abstract and presented at a Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) meeting.

Compass Oncology Physicians Presenting at Breast Cancer Issues Conference
Dr. Jay Andersen and Dr. Lucy Langer will present at the Breast Cancer Issues Conference for the general public on Saturday, March 12 at the Oregon Convention Center. 

Dr. Angela Kalisiak and Dr. Maggie Solti will present at the Breast Cancer Issues Conference for Medical Professionals on Friday, March 11 at Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center. 

Doctors spread healing through rock
Tracy Barry, KGW Channel 8 News, interviewed Dr. Will Winter and his band N.E.D. about their mission to promote gynecologic cancer awareness.
January 21, 2011

Dr. Will Winter on KINK
Dr. Winter talks with Sheila Hamilton about the band N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease), their live performance at The Aladdin Theater and filming of a documentary about N.E.D.'s members and mission.  Watch the Dancing with N.E.D. trailer.  
January 13, 2011

War on Cancer
Dr. Kathryn Kolibaba contributes to Oncology & Biotech News & Issues feature article on the War on Cancer.
January 1, 2011

Focusing on a good life beyond cancer
The Columbian's last installment of a series of articles about Dr. Kolibaba's patient, Krista Colvin.  In addition to the good news Krista hears from Dr. Kolibaba after her PET scan, the article talks about her pre-radiation treatment appointments with Dr. Gotkowitz.
Erin Middlewood, The Columbian
December 26, 2010 

Molecular Testing moves to Main Street
Dr. Dan Hyder, Medical Director of Laboratory Services at Compass Oncology, quoted in feature article on Molecular testing.
William Check, PhD, CAP Today
November, 2010

Cancer patient Krista Colvin has mastectomy, prepares for reconstruction
The Columbian’s sixth article in the series; Coping with Cancer.  Krista discusses her options, prior to mastectomy surgery, with her oncologist Dr. Kathryn Kolibaba. 
Erin Middlewood, The Columbian
October 31, 2010

MDiTV - Cost of Cancer
Dr. Paul Tseng comments on national decision-making regarding the cost of cancer treatments.
The Oregonian
September 13, 2010

Liberty High student delivers care bags to Compass Oncology breast cancer patients
Matt Ferguson, a Liberty High School junior, assembles about 35 comfort bags a month, so each day, one new chemo patient in the Portland/Vancouver area gets a bag with supplies they'll need or want while undergoing treatment.
Jerry Boone, The Oregonian
September 9, 2010

On the Go with Joe - Featuring the Pink Phoenix and SOAR dragon boat teams
Joe talks with Sharon Cresalia, a member of the Wasabi SOAR, Survivors on a River, dragon boat team comprised of all cancer survivors and Diane McDonald, a member of the Pink Phoenix dragon boat team of all breast cancer survivors as they prepare for the dragon boat races on September 11th and 12th in Portland.   
Joe Vithayathil, KPTV
September 9, 2010

Battle Ground survivor paddles to recovery
Sioux Kris, a breast cancer survivor and patient of Dr. Solti, talks about the importance of exercise and finding a supportive community is in the recovery process.
Brandy Grey, The Reflector
September 8, 2010

Combating cancer is a family affair
Dr. Lucy Langer discusses genetic testing in The Columbian’s fifth article in a series about Compass Oncology patient, Krista Colvin, and her journey with breast cancer.
Erin Middlewood, The Columbian
July 26, 2010

Compass Oncology Supports Project Access Now
Providing access to health care for low-income and uninsured people in the Portland and Vancouver area.

Putting best face forward in cancer battle
Latest installment in the continuing series; Krista Colvin strives to stay active, attractive while undergoing chemotherapy.
Erin Middlewood, The Columbian
June 14, 2010

Cancer Patient's Network of Support
Following the journey of Krista Colvin as she undergoes treatment for breast cancer.
Erin Middlewood, The Columbian
May 17, 2010

Confronting Chemo
Krista Colvin, patient of Dr. Kolibaba, begins treatment in breast cancer fight.
Erin Middlewood, The Columbian
May 10, 2010

Lines Drawn in Cancer Battle
Dr. Kathryn Kolibaba's patient, Krista Colvin, prepares herself and her family for chemotherapy and surgery after discovering a lump in her breast.
Erin Middlewood, The Columbian
April 11, 2010

Relationship with Nurses Vital to Success of Growing Nonprofit
Breast Friends support group stresses cancer survivorship
Laura M. Stakal, Northwest Nursing News
April 5, 2010

Compass Oncology Physician video presentations on Advancements in Breast Cancer Treatment
Highlights and latest clinical trials from the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium
February 2, 2010

Dr. Angela Kalisiak speaks about the Compass Oncology palliative care initiative at CareOregon conference
Beyond the Data:  Lessons learned from a Care Support and System Innovation (CSSI) Program

Brad Perrigo, Executive Director of Compass Oncology, featured in Portland Business Journal Profile
Portland Business Journal
March 5, 2010

Six Compass Oncology Physicians Make Portland Monthly Magazine 2010 Top Doctors List
Gynecologic Oncology:  Dr. Paul Tseng and Dr. William Winter III
Hematology:  Dr. Jody Kujovich and Dr. Jeffrey Menashe
Medical Oncology:  Dr. John Smith II
Radiation Oncology:  Dr.Greg Patton
January 2010

Dr. Kevin Olson featured on KGW Live at 7
Dr. Olson shares his thoughts on the new guidelines issued by the federal task force recommending most women not begin regular mammograms until age 50 and the benefits vs. risks of self-breast exams.
Hosted by Stephanie Stricklen,KGW Live @ 7 "Hot Box"
November 23, 2009

Mammogram Controversy
Dr. Kevin Olson responds to KOIN interview on mammogram guidelines.
Eric Taylor, KOIN
November 17, 2009

N.E.D. performing live at the Rhythm Heals benefit concert
Compass Oncology and N.E.D. joined hands at the Rhythm Heals benefit concert October 25 at Portland's Historic Crystal Ballroom with a mission to enhance knowledge about gynecologic cancers.  The event was a tremendous success with over 500 people attending and raising nearly $40,000.

Interview with Dr. Jay Andersen, Medical Oncologist at Compass Oncology
KUIK Family Focus 101 hosted by Diane Dennis
October 27, 2009
Dr. Jay Andersen discusses the benefits of the Oncotype DX assay test in women with early-stage (Stage I or II), node-negative, estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) invasive breast cancer who will be treated with hormone therapy.  The test provides a more personalized evaluation of recurrence risk, identifying those patients who warrant inclusion of chemotherapy in addition to anti-hormone therapy as part of their treatment plan.

Docs that Rock
Iris Harrison, KGON, discusses awareness of women's cancer causes with Dr. Will Winter, the guitarist for N.E.D.(No Evidence Of Disease), as well as their upcoming album and benefit concert.  
October 11, 2009

Cancer Ridding Robots
Dr. Will Winter demonstrates the da Vinci robot technology used to perform minimally invasive surgery procedures and provide superior gynecologic cancer care.
KOIN TV
August 4, 2009

Rockin' Docs KOIN TV features Dr. Will Winter's band N.E.D.
Read more about the N.E.D. CD release fundraising event
Tim Gordon, KOIN TV
July 19, 2009

The Cutting Edge
Compass Oncology, The Northwest Cancer Specialists, Uses da Vinci Surgical System Technology to Provide Superior Gynecologic Cancer Care.
Liza Walton, MD News
June, 2009

Compass Oncology, The Northwest Cancer Specialists, certified as Breast Center of Excellence
Practice is one of seven clinics nationwide meeting criteria that advances breast cancer care
The Scribe
May 15, 2009

Cancer docs form rock 'n' roll band and land a record deal
Dr. William Winter is a Portland-area surgeon who specializes in the often overlooked area of cancers afflicting women. He treats cancers that tend to be especially insidious and deadly. He's dedicated to raising awareness of ovarian, cervical and endometrial cancers. And he likes to rock. 
Noelle Crombie, The Oregonian
December 12, 2008

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