Dr. Matthew Solhjem

Radiation Oncology
Portland, OR
23 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

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254 Answers
157 Agrees
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Not really.: The only blood test that indicates cancer is psa for men with prostate cancer. Unfortunately, we don't have any 'blood cancer test'. This might be a... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Very unlikely.: If your symptom of feeling full early started after taking wellbutrin, (bupropion) then it's most likely a side effect. Because you are so young, it ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Yes: Stage iii stomach cancer can be cured. It is usually treated with a combination of surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. It is important to ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Difficult to know.: Unfortunately, we don't yet have curative treatment options for stage IV stomach cancer. It is difficult to know exactly how long someone will live. ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Probably: If your ct scan shows kidney stones, yes, they are most likely causing kidney or flank pain, nausea. If they don't pass on their own, you might see a... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
A long time: From the time a brain cancer first starts to the time it becomes large enough to cause symptoms, usually takes years. Brain tumors are typically fo... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Yes.: If you are pregnant, an over-the-counter pregnancy test will be positive.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Alcohol: It is chronic alcohol exposure that causes certain cancers. Alcohol (high content) injected into tumors can cause cancer cell death.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Cervical Cancer...: Is caused by types of hpv, human papilloma virus, a viral infection that can be contracted through sex. It is very doubtful that you have cervical ca... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Not at all!: Drinking water helps you stay hydrated which is good for your body. The only downside to drinking a glass of water before bed is possibly having to... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
See your GYN doc: Most likely, right at the vaginal opening, they are hymen remnants (parts of the hymen remaining), which can appear like fingerlike projections. Have... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Hemorrhoids: Sounds like you have an inflamed hemorrhoid. Straining with certain exercizes or bm's can make them worse. When they are painful, recommend drinking... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Risk Factors:: The most common risk factors are: older age, family history (father or brother with prostate cancer), race (african-american men have higher incidenc... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
No.: Once the radiation machine (called a linear accelerator) is turned off, there is no radiation in the body. You are not radioactive.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Sometimes: A ct scan with contrast can 'see' a tumor in the stomach wall if the tumor is large enough. Small tumors, however, can be missed because they do not ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
No.: There is no evidence that stomach cancer is contagious.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Probably not.: Concussion comes from hitting your head typically.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Not sure.: Lymph nodes that are cancerous are usually firm or hard to the touch. Soft lumps are more commonly benign (lipomas). Definitely have your physician ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
No.: Hemorrhoids are quite common. They come and go. They do not need physician evaluation unless they are painful, persistent, or bleeding heavily.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Would recommend...: Going to a medical library and reviewing photos/drawings of various types of hymens. Also, an internet images search will give you an idea about vari... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
No.: Typically, stomach cancer needs to be found with a ct scan or endoscopy (a tube with camera that GI doctor uses to see inside stomach). A regular xra... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Unlikely: I wouldn't worry about a brain tumor. This could be a migraine headache or other benign headache. I would only recommend a brain MRI if your sympt... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
See a physician: It is difficult to determine what this could be without evaluating and examining you. I would strongly recommend seeing a physician.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Nodes.: Usually, cancerous lymph nodes are firm, larger than normal, not tender, and continue to enlarge over weeks/months.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
No.: Ultrasound uses sound waves to generate an image. It is not radioactive and does not produce radiation.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
See your doc: You could have spinal disk disease lower down. You should probably see your physician if your upper/middle back pain does not improve within a few da... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
? Infection: Sound like you should be evaluated by a physician. Green mucus discharge is not normal. Also, urine leakage is not normal for a 19 year old. You mi... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Breast Cancer.: Breast cancer, even in both breasts, can be cured. It is difficult to give survival information without knowing stage and more details. But, this ca... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Water is best!: Water is the best because it doesn't contain sugar. 'electrolyte' drinks are also good. Avoid drinks with lots of sugar.
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Focus.: Try to minimize distractions by turning off computer and television. Find a place to study alone that is quiet. Try studying with complete focus for... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
See a physician.: If you are having blood in your urine, this needs to be checked out by a physician.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
No.: Stage iva head and neck cancer is usually curable. If it is confined to the primary site (example base of tongue) and spread only to neck lymph nodes... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Most likely...: The urethral sponge (tissue surrounding the urethra) swells due to engorgement with blood as a result of arousal. This puts pressure on the urethra a... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
No.: Masturbation is normal and won't affect the amount or color of menstruation.
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Options..: If colon cancer spreads only to the liver, it can still potentially be treated successfully. There are multiple liver treatment options (surgery, rad... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Cervical Cancer: Cervical cancer in women is usually curable. It is hard to tell you what the recommended treatment is without knowing stage and more details about th... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Not necessarily.: If a hymen is not developed and does not cover the vaginal entrance, or if it has been torn previously, it is possible to not bleed during first inter... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Possibly: You would need to find out the source of the abdominal bloating or bulginess. This could be due to tumor blocking intestine or other cause. Please t... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Scope exam: This exam looks at the nasal turbinates, the nasopharynx (back of nose), throat, larynx. It does not look for ear cancers. The opening to the eustac... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Stage?: It is important to know what stage the throat cancer is. Most locally aggressive throat cancer can be treated with the goal of cure with either radia... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
No.: Guaifenesin is thought to act as an expectorant by increasing the volume and reducing the viscosity of secretions in the trachea and bronchi.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Possibly: I would definitely get checked out by your gynecologist. These symptoms might suggest an infection or pid. Better to get it checked out to make sure... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Wash her feet...: Wash her feet thoroughly with soap and water immediately. If the redness does not improve quickly, have her seen by pediatrician.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Probably not.: The MRI probably looked at the temple area including brain. So, if it was read as normal, no worries. Tmj most likely.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Rarely.: Benign calcified meningiomas almost always stay benign. Rarely, they can transform into a more aggressive type of meningioma, called a malignant me... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Abdominal Pain.: There are many causes of abdominal pain. A physician can determine which is most likely. I would recommend getting a consultation including history ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Thanks for asking!: The abdominal pain/cramps that you're having should be evaluated by your gynecologist or cancer physician. They might be from other causes, but it is... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
No.: It is extremely unlikely that you have lung cancer given your young age and that you're not a smoker. But your symptoms of chest heaviness and diff... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Very unlikely.: For a 25 year old, colon cancer is unusual. Most likely the symptoms are due to a different cause. It is important for your physician to perform a h... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Very unlikely.: Transvaginal ultrasound probes should be sterilized in between patients. In addition, a condom should be placed over it. Even if this didn't occur... Read More
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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.
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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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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you. I've been waiting 2 weeks for an answer from my Family Dr.

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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