The West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP), a program of WVU Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention and Control, has designated January 12 as Wear Teal Day in observance of cervical cancer awareness across the state. Each year in West Virginia, approximately 97 women are diagnosed and 37 women die of cervical cancer, according to the West Virginia Cancer Burden Report for 2017. The publication points out that while these numbers are small, West Virginia ranks in the top five for both cervical cancer incidence and mortality when compared with other states, and more than half of the women with cervical cancer in the state are diagnosed at an advanced stage. The good news is that most cervical cancer can be prevented by screening with Pap and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) tests and HPV vaccination. The WVBCCSP helps uninsured and underinsured women gain access to free or low-cost cervical cancer and breast cancer screening services.
West Virginia University's Cancer Institute is well-known for its treatment and innovation. Leading the institute is Dr. Richard Goldberg, who has not only established himself as a transformative leader but also a potent researcher and educator.
Brian Boone, M.D., surgical oncologist in the WVU Medicine Department of Surgery and WVU Cancer Institute, performed the state’s first hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) infusion. This treatment delivers heated, sterilized chemotherapy to the abdomen as a treatment for cancer that has spread to the lining of the abdominal cavity, or peritoneum.
WVU Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology has experienced remarkable growth over the last two years. By increasing its team of gynecologic oncologists and adding a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, and genetic counselor, the department has expanded its capability to serve gynecologic cancer patients.