Patient Care

  • Healthcare providers and patients shine the light on lung cancer

    Healthcare providers and patients shine the light on lung cancer

    Lung cancer patients and their families shared an upbeat evening with their healthcare providers during the WVU Cancer Institute First Annual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center on November 28. Dr. Patrick Ma, co-leader of the Sara Crile Allen and James Frederick Allen Lung Cancer Program, told attendees that there have been a lot of breakthroughs in molecular targeted therapy and Dr. Aaron Provenzano added that he is seeing more and more cases of excellent response in patients who have received immunotherapy. From a radiation oncologist perspective, Dr. Malcolm Mattes said his department uses various types of technologies that deliver more targeted radiation to the tumor, without damaging surrounding healthy tissue. Patients were advised to avoid tobacco use as nicotine can cause cancer cells to be resistant to chemotherapy. “Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer; it’s like hiring an assassin to hurt you,” Ghulam Abbas, MD, chief of thoracic surgery, said.

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  • CDC to offer continuing education course on vaccine immunization in Morgantown

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is offering a continuing education course titled CDC Pink Book Training: Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine Preventable Diseases on April 10-11, 2018, at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place in Morgantown, West Virginia. The two-day program is geared to physicians, nurses, immunization providers, and program managers seeking the most current immunization knowledge base. Agenda topics include the principles of vaccination, general recommendations and best practice guidelines for immunization, vaccine safety, specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that prevent them, and current issues related to immunization. Participants are required to obtain a copy of the most recent Pink Book. You can download and print one from the CDC website for free or purchase one from the Public Health Foundation website.

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  • Benedum Scholar Paul Lockman to deliver public lecture Thursday

    Benedum Scholar Paul Lockman to deliver public lecture Thursday

    Neuroscience Centers Professor and Pharmaceutical Sciences Chair Dr. Paul Lockman will deliver a public lecture on “Disruptive Innovation in Sciences”  Thursday, Nov. 2 as part of the 2016-2017 Benedum Lecture Series. The lecture will take place at 4 p.m. in the Health Sciences Fukushima Auditorium, with a public reception to follow.

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  • WVU Clinical Trials Research Unit among top ten nationally for clinical trials accrual

    WVU Clinical Trials Research Unit among top ten nationally for clinical trials accrual

    Congratulations to the WVU Clinical trials Research Unit (CTRU) and Dr. Adham Salkeni, WVU’s principal investigator for the NRG Oncology group, the largest clinical trials collaborative network in the United States.  During the recent biannual meeting of the NRG, our CTRU was recognized as among the top ten main member sites to enroll the most patients on cancer clinical trials between January and June 2017.  “This places WVU on the national map for clinical trials accrual,” Salkeni said.  “This shows that we offer state-of-the-art research studies that examine the role of targeted therapies for the treatment of a wide variety of cancers that affect our patient population.”

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  • Cancer Institute receives gift bags for patients

    Amy Broadwater of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania is hoping to brighten the spirits of patients at the WVU Cancer Institute Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center this holiday season. A Stella & Dot independent stylist, Broadwater asked her customers and friends to purchase bags from her company’s business as part of a breast cancer awareness campaign. She ended up with 22 bags, which she stuffed with socks, candy and notebooks using her commission from the bag sales to pay for the items, then donated the bags to the Cancer Center to give to patients. “My hope is that the gift bags will help ease the burden that patients may be experiencing and help them realize that others are thinking about them,” Broadwater said.

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