Dr. Devon Webster

Medical Oncology
Portland, OR
24 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

Thursday: 8:00am - 12pm
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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

906 Answers
499 Agrees
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
They can: Pituitary tumors can produce active hormones. Some of the hormones, including acth and tsh, may cause mood swings.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Yes but unlikely: It is very unlikely you would develop another type of tumor, but possible. If there is a new tumor in the same area, it's more likely the same type ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Not specific: Early ovarian cancer may cause abdominal discomfort, constipation or diarrhea, bloating, gas, indigestion, fatigue, or back pain. These symptoms are c... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Several: The cancer would most likely arise from skin, muscle, or bone. A squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma or melanoma would come from the skin. ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
You can't: Cysts tend get bigger and smaller and change with your menstrual cycle. Multiple lumps are more likely to be cysts than cancer. But the only way to ... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
We can't predict : I'm glad your mom is going strong! we oncologists are notoriously bad at predicting how long someone has to live. When i talk to a family member lik... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
It Depends: A mastectomy does not guarantee you won't need chemo or radiation. The tumor's "personality" determines that. After a mastectomy, you might need che... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Ongoing treatment: Most acute leukemias are treated with IV chemotherapy. Some chronic leukemias are treated with oral medication (CML) or sometimes observation alone (... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
No, don't worry: This is a common fear-- that the needle used to biopsy lymph nodes might cause cells to escape and the cancer to spread. The only cancer where this i... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Curable!: Stage 3 means the tumor is large and/or the cancer has spread to many lymph nodes. It can still be cured with a combination of surgery, chemotherapy ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Looks like infection: Ibc occurs suddenly with breast pain, redness, or swelling or a rash. Mammograms are often negative because the tumor cells grow in a sheet and don't ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Condoms!: Chemo drugs are present in semen and vaginal secretions, so whether you are a man or woman, it's best to use condoms to protect your partner from expo... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
No: It is a myth that wearing a bra to bed, wearing an underwire bra, or wearing a bra that's too tight causes breast cancer. I wish it was that easy!
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
No: Studies show that adding tamoxifen to an aromatase inhibitor (what i assume you mean by "hormonal therapy") was not better than either drug alone.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Low=low: You need a normal blood glucose to have energy! if your blood glucose gets too low, you will feel fatigued, shaky, and sometimes nauseated and confus... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
With a biopsy: A breast lump is usually not cancer. Lumps can be cysts (fluid pockets), fibroadenomas (benign lumps), normal breast glandular tissue, or cancer. Som... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
No: Mammograms are only one tool to detect breast cancers. Lobular breast cancers, which make up 15% of breast cancers, and inflammatory breast cancers ar... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
It doesn't! : This is a myth that has been perpetuated for political reasons. It is not true. World experts have studied this question and they all agree: there ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Yes: Studies show that women who drink more than 4 drinks per week are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer. This may be because alcohol can limit... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Ask your doctor!: That is a great question and a really important one to ask your doctor! the goals of chemo are different for each patient and each cancer type. Some... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
At least every 2 yrs: This is unclear, because a well-done study showed little difference between yearly or every 2 year mammograms in women ages 50-69. The age to start m... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Very: Adjuvant means "additional", so adjuvant therapy is something given in addition to surgery to treat cancer. Some adjuvant therapies are extremely eff... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Unknown: Cardiac tumors are so rare, there are no treatment guidelines or clinical trials to answer any questions about them. Most tumors in the heart come fr... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Yes, sometimes: There are different types of thyroid cancer. One type, medullary thyroid cancer, is inherited 25% of the time due to a mutation of the ret gene. The ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Several ways: A trained orthopedic surgeon will evaluate the best way to remove a bone cyst, if it needs to be removed. It can be frozen (cryosurgery), removed wit... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Many!: It depends on the type of transplant, whether autologous (self) or allogeneic (other). In general, risks are infection, bleeding, liver lung and kidn... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Thin skin: Oi affects bones and collagen, which makes up a large part of the skin. People with oi have thin skin and as a result, higher normal body temperature... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Possibly: A new mutation in a gene called bap1 was discovered in august 2011 which predisposes people to develop mesothelioma (and melanoma of the eye.) peopl... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
It causes pain!: Femara doesn't really "attack" the joints, but it definitely causes joint pain! this occurs in 4 out of 10 women taking the drug. It is likely due t... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
No: There is no evidence that Cocaine causes ovarian cancer. Cocaine is bad for your health for many reasons, but not this one!
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
No: Chronic bad taste in the mouth is usually a result of sinus disease, gum disease, or acid reflux (stomach acid coming up into the mouth.) medications... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Three types: The three most common are lung cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer. The national cancer institute keeps track of these numbers in the U.S. And ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
No, unless...: If you are a molecular biologist with a home lab, you could sequence your dna to see if you have a brca mutation. Otherwise, you will need a blood te... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
In some ways: During radiation therapy, your skin is more fragile and may develop blisters. When skin is broken like this, it is easier for bacteria to cause infec... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Several reasons: 1. To avoid getting a second cancer in the healthy breast down the road 2. Because she has a brca1/2 mutation which puts her at higher risk for a se... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Protein: Ovarian cancer can block lymph vessels, cause inflammation, obstruct the liver, and/or create leaky veins. All of this leads to protein-rich fluid see... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
It depends: Most healthy people have spots on their liver. These are usually benign (not cancerous) cysts called "hemangiomas", which are spaces filled with flui... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Not by itself: A pituitary tumor may be suggested by blood test results that show increased amount of certain hormones in the blood. However, some pituitary tumors ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Discomfort for all!: Cystoscopies are somewhat painful. The doctor performing the procedure will use numbing medication to reduce the pain, and might give you some sedatio... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Looks like infection: Ibc occurs suddenly with breast pain, redness, or swelling or a rash. Mammograms are often negative because the tumor cells grow in a sheet and don't ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Yes: Your immune system must be destroyed before a bone marrow transplant, so there is always the chance of a fatal infection or other fatal complication.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
It can be: Dcis, the earliest form of breast cancer, can be associated with brca mutations. 13% of women under 50 diagnosed with dcis had a brca mutation in ret... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Yes!: Tamoxifen sticks to estrogen receptors on your breast cancer cells, blocking those receptors. It prevents estrogen from turning on the receptors and ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
In ducts: "acinar" cells are cells that secrete a substance into a duct. An adenoma is a benign growth. Acinar adenomas are benign tumors most commonly found ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Monthly self exam: The new way is called the "vertical stripe method." you carefully feel your breast tissue in an up-and-down pattern so you don't miss any areas. You ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Dermatologist: Try using gentle exfoliation products. Avoid harsh skin-care products. Sometimes they go away on their own. A dermatologist can remove them using a... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
No: Tamoxifen can increase a women's risk for endometrial cancer (cancer of the uterus). It does not increase the risk for ovarian cancer.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
No: Benign tumors do not spread to other parts of the body.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
It depends: For most women, age 40. For women with a history of breast cancer in a mother, sister, or daughter, possibly younger. This depends on the age the re... Read More
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Testimonials
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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
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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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