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Dr. Matthew Solhjem

Radiation Oncology
Portland, OR
22 years experience male

Locations

Office

Clackamas, OR

Address

9280 SE Sunnybrook Blvd., Suite 100, Clackamas, OR
Directions

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue cross blue shield

Cigna

Medicaid

United healthcare

BlueCross BlueShield

Medicare

No Value

Providence Health Plans

Office

Portland, OR

Providence Cancer Center

Portland, OR

About

Bio

I attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and then The Mayo Clinic for radiation oncology residency. After that, I moved to Portland, Oregon and work for The Oregon Clinic, a private multispecialty practice. I have 8 wonderful, dedicated and top-notch partners and we take care of patients at three facilities (Providence Portland Medical Center, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, and Clackamas Radiation Oncology Center). My primary focus is GI cancer (esophageal, stomach, hepatobiliary, pancreas, colorectal, anal), but I also dedicate myself to many other cancer types and technologies within radiation oncology (stereotactic body radiation therapy, gamma knife stereotactic radiosurgery for malignant and benign brain tumors/conditions).

Specialties
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Radiation Oncology

Doctor Q&A

254 Answers
157 Agrees
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Varies, but...: Usually, during surgical procedures, latex gloves are worn as well as surgical gowns and masks. This protects from bodily fluid exposure.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Website: The hospital website should have a physicians page where it lists the specialties. Look for neuro-oncology. You'll want to make sure the physician i... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Ask about them.: Ask your radiation oncologist about them. Are they spots caused by radiation or other spots that need evaluation?
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Yes.: Although fallopian tube cancer is rare, there should be clinical trials available for you. I would check the nci (national cancer institute) website.... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Cervix.: It is hard to tell what this means without examining and visualizing your cervix. Best to wait for friday's results from your doctor.
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
?: There is really no right answer to this question. It is more a question of hygiene. If the bra is clean and washed, it can be worn indefinitely. No... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Not necessary.: The MRI technologist can perform the mri. The radiologist will typically review the images later (after they have been processed) and generate an off... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Tension: I would recommend evaluating the degree of stress in your life. If it is high, perhaps there are ways of reducing it or dealing with it more effectiv... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Probably not.: It is unlikely that cancer would develop that quickly. A good oral exam by your dentist should check for unusual mouth/gum sores. But, i would hig... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Not to worry.: You should be reassured that stomach cancer would be a rare diagnosis at your age. The constipation can be managed by dietary change and possibly d... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Orgasm.: Some women ejaculate. This fluid comes from the urethra (the glands surrounding and emptying into the urethra). Also, normal vaginal lubrication... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
No.: An endoscopy with biopsy will not cause cancer. It can, however, cause soreness, but typically this only lasts for a few days. If you are still ha... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Yes: There is no evidence that having an orgasm would harm the pregnancy. Check with your OB doc too.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Probably not.: Methamphetamine while pregnant probably does not cause cancer. But, please, avoid using any drugs or smoking during pregnancy.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
See a gynecologist.: It would be best for you to be evaluated by a gynecologist. That doctor can look at the skin tags and do a vaginal/speculum exam. Then, treatment ma... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Probably not: Breast cancer usually is a lump that you can feel or that can be seen on mammogram. Given your young age and no lump, it is very unlikely to be breas... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Speculum: The speculum size is usually chosen based upon patient age and birth status. It helps the physician with visualization to use the largest speculum th... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Your symptoms...: Might be because of being dehydrated or anemic or due to another cause. Being dehydrated can cause lightheadedness when standing up (faintlike feelin... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Ear Infection: Some ear infections require treatment with antibiotics and some do not. Your pediatrician should be consulted to determine severity of ear infection ... Read More
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Yes.: Get it checked out by your orthopedic surgeon. This might be a sign of infection that requires treatment (antibiotics). It could be an allergic reac... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Headache.: Most headaches come and go and are related to stress, tension, or diet. Caffeine withdrawal can cause headaches. Also, migraine headaches are common... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Yes.: I would get re-evaluated by a gynecologist. You might need an ultrasound to evaluate your anatomy. It might be possible that you actually developed ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Difficult to answer.: It really depends on how well your tumor/nodes respond to radiation. This might prolong survival many months or even a few years. Your radiation onc... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
pubmed.org: Pubmed.Org you can search this site for medical journal articles. The abstract is usually available. Sometimes the articles are available for fre... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
I would recommend...: Seeing your physician if you think your heart stops or is beating irregularly. The heart can slow down in rate during sleep, but it does not stop. I... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Yes.: By 'jab', do you mean pap smear/pelvic exam? If so, yes, it is ok to masturbate afterwards.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Yes.: Any breast lump that is new should be evaluated by your primary care physician and mammogram/ultrasound if indicated. Breast pain has other benign ca... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Safe: There is no proven negative medical effect from masturbation. It is completely safe and actually has health benefits.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Normal: Only about 1/3 of women can have an orgasm from intercourse alone. Most women, as has been shown in multiple studies, need clitoral stimulation in ad... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Probably nothing.: Lumps that get bigger and then smaller are usually enlarged lymph nodes responding to infection or inflammation. I wonder if you have some sort of in... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Unlikely: If you had your period the next day, the chances are virtually zero that you will be pregnant.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Not sure.: I am not sure what this means. If it continues, i would recommend seeing your physician and bringing the question to him/her.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Pregnancy tests..: Pregnancy tests are very accurate. So, you are probably not pregnant. Could check another test to be sure.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
See a doctor.: These symptoms could be 'nothing' to worry about and will resolve on their own....Or they might indicate something that needs attention. Lower abdomi... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
See a doc: This might be related to gerd (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and could be helped with an acid blocker such as omeprazole. You could try that for a... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Condom: It is recommended to use a condom for anal sex and lots of water-based lubrication to prevent damage to the anal muscles. Condoms can prevent sexuall... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Yes: It is normal to feel multiple small lymph nodes (pea size) in kids.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Yeast infection.: The whitish 'cottage cheese' like discharge without smell is characteristic of a vaginal yeast infection. See your doctor for treatment.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Don't worry: There is no evidence that light bulbs cause cancer. You don't need to be 3 feet away.
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Talk to your GYN: Your gyn and radiologist should be able to tell you if these look like simple cysts or if they are more concerning and should be followed with repeat ... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
CT.: Iodine contrast highlights the vessels on ct (arteries/veins) so it is easier to detect lymph nodes or other tumors. Barium highlights the stomach, s... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
No.: There is no evidence that this would make one taller.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
See doctor.: She should be evaluated by a physician. I would be curious to check her blood counts especially hemoglobin/hematocrit and platelets.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Yes: It is still just as possible to become pregnant.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
See your eye doctor: It is never good to sleep with your contacts in. They can damage the cornea or be a cause of an eye infection. Would recommend getting it checked ou... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Yes.: It is fine. You might have a slight amount of bleeding from the brush that is used to obtain the pap smear. But, that is normal and should last only... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
No.: You cannot get pregnant from anal sex. In order to get pregnant, sperm must be present in the vaginal canal. It is best, however, to use a condom ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Aorta.: The bottom of the heart and the pulse in the abdominal aorta can be felt in the abdomen (or stomach area) and also be seen as the abdominal wall will ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Get checked out.: This could be due to multiple causes that should be evaluated by your physician. It might turn out to be none of these, but these causes need to be r... Read More
A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Yes: Conscious sedation is 'light' anesthesia (not quite general anesthesia) and this might be just enough to get through the tvus.

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Nov 20, 2013
Thank you Dr. Solhjem for the excellent, spot on and reliable answers. It is great to have you here at the healthtap.com.
Nov 20, 2013
A fantastic physician. Thank you
Dec 27, 2013
Excellent and clear answers.
HealthTap member
This saved my life. Thank You! Thank you! That really helped. Wasn't sure if I sure go to the doctor today or wait and see what happens. :)
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! This has been going on 4 over a yr. the tongue is off and on. Thank u!
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Minnesota Medical School, MN
Graduated 2000MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Minnesota
Graduated 1996MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Minnesota Medical School
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Residency

Meritcare Medical Center, Fargo, ND

Awards

RSNA/Roentgen Resident Research Award, Radiological Society of North America
Chief Resident, Mayo Clinic
Moreton Fellowship Award for Radiation Oncology Research, Mayo Clinic

Affiliations

Providence milwaukie hospital
Providence portland medical center
Providence st vincent medical center

Publications

Prostate Volume in Patients Undergoing Primary Surgical or Radiotherapeutic Management of Localized Adenocarcinoma: Implications for Design of Minimal...
Salvage SBRT for Previously Irradiated Lung Cancer
Intensity-modulated radiation therapy for head and neck cancer in the community setting.
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