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Dr. Devon Webster

Medical Oncology
Portland, OR
23 years experience female

Locations

Devon Webster MD

Portland, OR

Address

5432 SW Vermont St, Portland, OR, United States
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My office hours

Tuesday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

Providence Health Plans

Cigna

UnumProvident

About

Bio

Dr. Devon Webster is a medical oncologist in Portland, Oregon and a breast cancer survivor. She received her MD from Stanford University and her fellowship training from the University of Washington. Dr. Webster has received many awards for teaching, advocacy, and humanism in medicine. She received a Young Investigator Award for research on developing vaccines to treat cancer. Dr. Webster is a frequent speaker known for making complex cancer information understandable to everyone. She is also known as a tireless and compassionate advocate for her patients. Dr. Webster's practice provides honest, evidence-based cancer treatment and consultation which is completely independent and unbiased. She makes no money from chemotherapy, radiation therapy, medications, labs, imaging, or referrals.

Specialties
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Medical Oncology

Hematology and Oncology

Palliative Care

Licenses

United States: Oregon, Washington

Doctor Q&A

896 Answers
497 Agrees
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
No: Mri (magnetic resonance imaging) uses magnetic fields rather than radiation. That is one of the benefits of using MRI instead of ct ("cat scans") or x... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Many things: These can increase your risk, but do not mean you will get leukemia: 1. Family history of leukemia 2. Exposure to certain chemicals, eg benzene... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Lymph vs Blood: Lymph and blood flow from your limbs to your heart in different vessels. Lymph flows in tiny vessels that can be damaged (surgery, radiation, inflam... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Many!: A mastectomy removes the entire breast including the nipple. It leaves a diagonal scar about 6 inches long. Pain is minimal; most women report numbne... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Yes: A hard lump is more suspicious for cancer, but the only way to know for sure if to have your doctor or health provider check the lump.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Yes: Arm sleeves are partially effective. They are best at keeping lymphedema from getting worse. Gentle lymphatic massage can help move the fluid out of... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Sometimes: A left bundle branch block is a finding on an EKG ( the electrical tracing of your heart.) it shows that something has altered the way your heart con... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Possibly: "strep" (streptococcus) are bacteria that can many infections. Strep throat is caused by "group a" strep, which can also cause skin and soft tissue in... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Yes, partly: You can't completely prevent breast cancer with diet alone. However, a diet low in animal fat, low in alcohol (less than 4 drinks per week), and low ... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Not directly: Breast cancer is not directly passed from parent to child. However, an increased risk of developing breast cancer can be inherited. Mutations in the g... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
No: A mammogram shows characteristics of a lump that make it more likely to be benign or malignant. The mammogram is given a bi-rads score of 0 to 6. A s... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Possibly: Melanosis coli is a harmless brown discoloration of the inside of the colon. It is typically caused by laxative medications containing chemicals call... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Unknown: If we knew the answer to this question, women with dcis would not all need surgery! about 50% of dcis (ductal carcinoma in situ), if left untreated, w... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Bone: Osteosarcoma is a cancer of the bone. It is most common near the knee. The most common place for it to spread is to the lungs.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Unknown: Reliv is a nutritional product that is not regulated by the fda. No studies have been published showing that reliv slows the growth of breast cancer.... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
The abdomen: Ovarian cancer usually stays within the abdomen. It can spread to the liver, and it can also spread to the lining of the abdomen or over the organs wi... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Yourself: I'm sure your mother would like nothing more than to spend time with you. You are the most precious gift of all. Spend time with her, reassure her, ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
No: Memory loss is not a symptom of a pituitary adenoma. Even if a pituitary adenoma was causing abnormal production of certain hormones from the pituita... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Biopsy: A biopsy is the only way to tell if a tumor is malignant. A pathologist will examine the cells under the microscope and decide.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Same as for women: Men have breast tissue like women, although less of it. A mammogram is done the same way-- by compressing the breast between two flat plates and taki... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
A brain tumor: A pineal tumor is an abnormal growth in the pineal gland, which is in the center of the brain. It can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancer)... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
It depends: Generally radiation therapy can only be given only once in one area. However, you can have radiation therapy again, in different areas, right away. A... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Unknown: True "heart cancer" is extremely rare. Most cancers involving the heart are other types of cancer that have spread. All the blood in the body flows ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Joint pain and more: 30-40% of women have severe joint pain, and studies show that many stop taking the drug without telling their doctors! vaginal dryness, hot flashes, a... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
It's not: Breast cancer is not transmitted from one person to another. It starts as a normal cell in the breast. The cell is damaged and instead of dying, it ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Possibly: There are not clinical trials that answer this question because it is hard to study. Stress hormones are adrenaline and cortisol. Cortisol can dampen... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Liver first: The most common sites are liver, lung, and brain. Other sites reported include the eye, heart, port sites, and bones.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Need exam!: It's hard to know without examining you. The glands you feel are lymph nodes. If they are enlarged and sore, that can mean you have an infection. Th... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
No: A "compression view" is a mammogram that is done, well... With extra squishing. This is done to see if an abnormality goes away when the breast is squ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Usually not, but...: Most breast cancers are not painful, with some exceptions. A rare type of breast cancer can be very painful. This is called inflammatory breast cance... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
MRI: An MRI of the brain is the best way to see and diagnose a pituitary tumor. Most pituitary tumors are benign (not cancerous).
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Sometimes: Significant radiation to a fetus between 8 and 18 weeks causes brain damage and mental retardation. Pregnant women should delay radiation therapy whe... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Rarely: There are case reports in the medical literature of pineal tumors causing psychosis. That means it happens so rarely that when it does, someone write... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
X-ray vs sound waves: If you have a lump that can be felt, it's likely the radiologist will want an ultrasound as well as mammogram. Mammogram uses x-rays to see calcificat... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
No: What you describe sounds like an ultrasound report of a lymph node. The only way to know for sure that a lymph node is malignant is to biopsy it (tak... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Seizure disorder: I agree with what the other doctors have said. My first concern would be to rule out a seizure disorder (epilepsy), which might require an EEG (electr... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
In steps: Radio-immunotherapy (rit) is given in three steps, all through an iv. Step 1: an antibody to b cells alone to clear out some normal b cells. Step 2... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Soy: Some foods and nutritional products have estrogenic properties which can cause gynecomastia in men. These include soy products, black cohosh, red clo... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
No: There is no evidence to suggest that abortions cause any type of cancer including ovarian cancer.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
About half die: This is a hard question. It depends on whether it's stage3a, b or c, and the time of survival. At 5 years after diagnosis, 50-60% of women with stag... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Hot flashes?: I'm not sure how old you are, but I have two thoughts: 1. "hot flashes" cause these symptoms, and they can start well before menopause even when hor... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
It depends!: It depends on the type of breast cancer, the "stage" (ie how big or small, whether it has spread to lymph nodes), and other factors. Most breast canc... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Cancer has spread: Metastatic, or stage 4 breast cancer, means the cancer has spread into other places in the body. Breast cancer at this stage can be treated, sometime... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Before surgery: Neoadjuvant chemotherapy simply means chemotherapy given before surgery to remove a tumor. It is usually given that way in the hope that it will shri... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Hormones: A carcinoid tumor is made of hormone-producing cells. Some hormones directly cause vasodilation (like the redness of your skin when you're in a hot-t... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
They're the same: Different doctors use different terms to mean different things, but if you are cancer-free you are in remission. If there is little to no chance your... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
It depends: There are many types of metastatic breast cancer. Life expectancy depends on the type and the location. Er+ breast cancer that has spread only to bo... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Sometimes: For cancer, "remission" means we can't detect cancer in your body. You might have cancer cells somewhere that we can't see. In other diseases, remissi... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
It Depends: It depends on the "personality" of the cancer, ie whether it has the estrogen receptor, Progesterone receptor, or her2. It also depends on where the ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Joint pain and more: 30-40% of women have severe joint pain, and studies show that many stop taking the drug without telling their doctors! vaginal dryness, hot flashes, a... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Testimonials
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Recommendations
1.3K
Thank you notes
Dec 31, 2011
Dr. Webster writes the type of answers to questions that I wish I would have written myself.
Apr 23, 2013
Dr. Webster has helped me to take care of patients with metastatic disease to the brain.
Dr. Dave Burns
Mar 29, 2014
Dr. Devon enjoys helping and teaching her patients-Dave
HealthTap member
thank you so much, she recently went to the doctor they did a physical,but it seems the more she complains with the doctor they just give her pain medicine and thats all. it doesnt even help her she c...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you very much! I am looking into counseling and a mild anti anxiety pill. I am hoping it helps because I hate living in constant fear!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Destruction indeed. The surgeon never acknowledged this. I lost 50% of my cardiovascular capacity ! It was totally successful - sinus rhythm normal.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1999MD

Medical/Graduate school

Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1999MD

Residency

Oregon Health & Sciences University
Completed 2002

Awards

June 2010- Susan G. Komen for the Cure, SW Washington/Portland Chapter, Survivor of the Year Award
June 2006- ASCO Foundation Young Investigator Award
June 2006- ASCO Foundation Merit Award
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