Cancer Prevention and Control at the West Virginia University Cancer Institute connects West Virginia communities to address cancer health disparities unique to WV and Appalachia.
Cancer survivor Angie Blankenship has learned to manage the challenges of healing with support from her family, friends and the WVU Cancer Institute. Now, she’s showing appreciation and paying it forward by donating to the Bob Huggins Fish Fry, which benefits the Norma Mae Huggins Endowment Fund and Remember the Miners Scholarship Fund.
The WV Lung Cancer Project (WVLCP) was invited to present a poster at the 2019 National Lung Cancer Roundtable Meeting in Washington, DC on December 9-10th. Representatives from WVU Cancer and the Patient Advocate Foundation, a partner organization, attended the conference with a record number of 300+ professionals from around the country. The WVLCP’s poster depicted the change in lung cancer screening infrastructure in WV since the project’s inception. At the start of 2016, there were only five lung cancer screening facilities in WV that could screen and bill most major insurances; today that number is 24. The WVLCP assisted 12 additional centers in becoming accredited through the American College of Radiology.
For those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the battle is mainly uphill. The disease is hard to identify. Treatment options are limited. Response rates are low. But, a new Hirshberg Foundation seed grant will allow a West Virginia University School of Medicine surgeon to explore new treatment therapies.