Medical Oncology at Celilo Cancer Center

Medical oncology is the specialty focusing on the study and treatment of malignant cancers, or tumors. Treatments can be used to destroy cancer cells, slow the growth of cancer, prevent cancer from spreading, and reduce the symptoms of cancer.

Celilo’s Oncology Treatment Options Include:

  • Chemotherapy, the use of drugs to destroy and kill cancer cells.
  • Hormonal therapy, the use of hormones to treat cancer.
  • Immunotherapy, the use of substances to stimulate or support the immune system.
  • Treatments vary depending on the type of cancer, treatment goals and drugs used, and how patients respond to treatment.

Our Team Approach

A cancer diagnosis is a frightening experience that comes with difficult decisions to make regarding treatment options. Our team of oncologists, specially trained registered nurses and pharmacists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists, physicists, patient navigators, and counselors help our patients and their families through this process by providing compassionate care, information and support.

Because we understand that cancer affects all aspects of a person’s life, we treat the whole person – body, mind and spirit — not just the cancer. We support our patients with integrative therapies to boost the immune system, reduce treatment–related side effects and improve quality of life. Our integrated therapies team includes a nutritionist, pain management specialist, massage therapist, yoga and Tai Chi instructor, spiritual care professionals, Reiki therapy masters, oncology rehabilitation specialists and others.

We help our patients fight cancer on all fronts. Our goal is to provide patients and their families with sources of inspiration, encouragement and hope.

Meet Lynne Allen, MN, ARNP

Lynne Allen is an adult nurse practitioner (NP) at Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s Celilo Cancer Center.

An oncology nurse practitioner (NP), Lynne provides comprehensive care to patients who have a diagnosis of cancer, as well as to their families. In collaboration with other members of the healthcare team, she helps them through all the stages of their disease process.

Lynne was named March of Dimes, Oregon and SE Washington Advance Practice Nurse of the Year in 2016. She holds certifications as an Adult Nurse Practitioner - Board Certified (ANP-BC), Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP), and Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN).

Throughout her more than 25-year career in healthcare, Lynne has served in a variety of settings, including Cogent Healthcare in Nashville, Tennessee, Columbia Basin Hematology & Oncology in Kennewick, Washington, and Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Washington. She has also presented at regional and national conferences on topics that include cancer palliative care and pain management.

Lynne relocated to The Gorge for the mountain, trees, and wonderful reputation of Celilo Cancer Center. In her free time, she enjoys walking, hiking, camping and reading.

She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American College of Physicians, Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association, and Oncology Nursing Society. She was a charter member and past president of the Columbia River Nurse Practitioner Association and a charter and board member of What’s New in Medicine. She has been an active participant for many years in ACS’s Relay for Life.

Meet Kim Tyler, NP

Kim Tyler is a nurse practitioner at Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s Celilo Cancer Center.

A board-certified oncology nurse practitioner (NP), Kim provides diagnosis, treatment, and support for patients at Celilo. In collaboration with a comprehensive healthcare team, she helps patients and their families through all stages of the disease process.

Kim received her B.S. in Nursing at Boston College School of Nursing and completed her M.S. in Adult Oncology Nurse Practitioner at Columbia University School of Nursing, where she received the CAPSONA scholarship and was invited into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Throughout her more than 20-year career in healthcare, Kim has served in a variety of settings, including OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Kim relocated to the Gorge for the natural beauty and feels blessed to be part of a close-knit community that celebrates each other’s joys, eases each other’s burdens and steps up for people in need. In her free time she enjoys skiing, mountain biking, reading and spending time with family.

Meet Dong Xiang, MD

Dr. Dong Xiang is a hematologist-oncologist at Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s Celilo Cancer Center.

As a board-certified hematologist and medical oncologist, Dr. Dong Xiang specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of blood diseases and cancer. He has a special interest in novel treatment and clinical trials for patients with advanced stage cancer and is known for his research in breast and lung cancers.

Dr. Xiang earned his M.S. in Molecular Biology at University of Alabama and completed his M.D. at Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, China. He took his internship and residency at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, before completing his hematology/oncology fellowship at the Division of Medical Oncology & Hematology at University of Louisville.

Prior to joining MCMC, Dr. Xiang worked in a variety of settings, including as a hematologist/oncologist at OHSU Knight Cancer Institute in Portland, hematologist/oncologist at Humboldt Medical Specialists in Eureka and assistant professor/phase 1 clinical trial director at the Division of Medical Oncology & Hematology at St. Louis University.

Dr. Xiang is passionate about caring for people with cancer, alleviating symptoms and using all the tools at his disposal to help patients live longer lives. He cherishes the moments when his patients respond positively to treatment and achieve remission.

He relocated to the Gorge for the natural beauty, small town environment and experienced, trustworthy colleagues. In his freetime, Dr. Xiang enjoys table tennis, fishing, running, and spending time with family.

Dr. Xiang is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology. He serves on the editorial board of Novel Biomarkers and the Journal of Biomarker Research. He is fluent in English and Chinese.

For more information about this department please call 541-296-7585.