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Oncology

Oncology Providers

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Mei Dong, MD, PhD

Oncologist / Hematologist
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Michaelann Liss, DO

Oncologist / Hematologist
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Natallia Suvorava, MD

Oncologist / Hematologist
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Xing-Yue (Shawn) He, MD

Oncologist / Hematologist

Oncology Locations

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87th Avenue Clinic
700 NE 87th Ave
Vancouver, WA 98664
360-882-2778

Information about Oncology

Overview

What Is Oncology?

The word “cancer” creates a response unlike almost all other words. By the time we reach young adulthood, nearly everyone has known someone who has battled cancer in one form or another. Sadly, most of us will eventually lose a loved one to cancer as well. Oncologists are the doctors who specialize in treating people with cancer. They are responsible for the care of a patient from the moment of diagnosis throughout the course of the disease, and their role takes on many forms: from explaining the diagnosis and stage of cancer, to discussing treatment options, delivering care, and helping patients maintain and manage their quality of life throughout treatment.

How We Are Different

Our Oncology Department creates a strong net around our patients and their families, and provides services that bring answers, support, and much needed care. We are equipped to diagnose, treat and follow up with patients dealing with benign and severe oncologic issues across the full spectrum of cancers and hematological issues (including lung cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, lymphoma, and myelodysplastic syndrome). In working with patients, we treat the whole person, not just the disease, and are here to address and support psychological needs, family issues, and the myriad of other variables that occur when dealing with cancer.

Services
Diagnosis and treatment of cancer:
  • Solid tumors
  • Head and neck
  • Lung
  • Breast
  • Upper GI
  • Esophageal
  • Stomach
  • Pancreas
  • Lower GI
  • Colon
  • Rectal
  • Melanoma
  • Liver
  • Brain
  • Female/reproductive organs
Prognosis, treatment options, toxicities, and follow-up care:
  • Discussion of costs
  • Managing clinical trials
  • Alternative care and medicine options (including medical marijuana)
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Symptomatic management related to pain, nausea vomiting, and fatigue
  • Palliative care and hospice
  • Death with dignity issues and concerns
  • Chemotherapy and non-chemo treatments (IV iron, IVF, and IVIG)
  • Genetic counseling
Blood disorders
  • Benign blood disorders involving white or red blood cells, or platelet disorders.
  • Iron overload, Myeloproliferative disorders, Bleeding and clotting disorders
  • Hematologic malignancies (lymphoma, acute/chronic leukemia, myeloma, MDS)
Resources
Local Resources
National Resources
Blood and Immune System Cancers
Bone Marrow Transplant
Brain Cancer
Breast Cancer
Colon Cancer
Gynecologic Cancers
Liver Cancer
Lung Cancer
Oral Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Caregivers Resources
Hospice Resources
FAQs
Are cancer rates going up or down?

Cancer cases worldwide are predicted to increase by 70% over the next two decades, with as many as 25 million new cases per year, according to the World Health Organization. For men, lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer (16.7% of cases) and the most lethal (23.6% of deaths). For women, breast cancer is the most common diagnosis (25.2%) and causes 14.7% of deaths.

What about skin cancer? Are those rates going up too?

In the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined—and even with regulations on tanning beds and sunscreen labeling, the prevalence of the disease continues to grow. Several factors can increase a person’s risk of melanoma, including sun exposure, sunburns, how many moles he or she has, and family history. One study suggests that experiencing five or more sunburns between ages 15 and 20 may increase melanoma risk by 80%.

We’ve heard plenty about smoking and cancer, but what about drinking coffee?

For most types of cancer, coffee appears either to decrease the risk of cancer, or to have no effect on cancer risk. Even in countries that are known for high caffeine from coffee consumption, research does not support a link between coffee or caffeine and cancer risk. As of now, where coffee and caffeine are concerned, most health experts agree that they do not increase cancer risk, and may even decrease risk. Still, caffeine can negatively affect people with other health conditions, such as blood pressure or heard-related issues. So please consult with your family doctor or other specialist to find out just how much coffee and caffeine is safe for you.

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