The diagnosis of breast cancer means the beginning of many questions and many worries. What are the treatment options? What are the side effects of undergoing treatment? What happens next? With Providence Cancer Center, Oregon women have an answer to where to go to receive state-of-the-art, compassionate cancer care.
When Alice Kienberger-Iverson, mother to Set Sail for a Cause Chair Annette Kienberger, was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago, she turned to Providence Cancer Center for her treatment. “The level of caring from the staff was incredible and so comforting,” said Ms. Kienberger. “My mother was never just a number.”
Providence Cancer Center is part of a prestigious network of community-based cancer centers offering exceptional cancer care in Oregon communities. Patients and families benefit from some of the finest, most comprehensive cancer services in the world, including the best in diagnostic imaging, cutting-edge treatments, nationally renowned research, and counseling and support. Their doctors, nurses, researchers, patient advocates and other caregivers work together to treat cancer aggressively and to ensure that no person has to face the challenge of a cancer diagnosis alone.
As one of only 30 sites nationwide – and the only one in Oregon – to participate in the National Cancer Institute’s Community Cancer Center Program, Providence Cancer Center has developed programs to reduce health care disparities, improve access to clinical trials and link with national computer networks to support cancer research. The Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center is a world-class cancer research program and one of only a few research centers in the Pacific Northwest focusing exclusively on immunotherapy.
When Ms. Kienberger approached the Oregon Women’s Sailing Association (OWSA) board to suggest Providence Cancer Center as the first Set Sail for a Cause beneficiary, the favorable response was overwhelming. “Many board members had each had their own positive experiences with Providence,” said Ms. Kienberger. “It confirmed that we had a great match for our event.”
Mrs. Kienberger-Iverson has been in remission since 2008. She began participating in the OWSA charity sail two years later and is excited to attend again and support the organization that provided first-class support, treatment and answers when she needed them.