Project focuses on increasing lung cancer screening facilities in WV
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.
The WVLCP also:
- partnered with major managed care organizations in the state to reach patients directly
- surveyed and increased education to healthcare providers on lung screening guidelines
- increased awareness to the public through multiple media campaigns including a PSA
- established and promoted access to screening through the WV Lung Cancer CareLine
(picture caption): Shonta Chambers, MSW, Patient Advocate Foundation Executive Vice President-Health Equity Initiatives and Programs; Stephenie Kennedy-Rea, EdD, WVUCI Associate Center Director and WVLCP Principal Investigator; and Abby Starkey, MS, WVUCI Program Coordinator at the poster presentation.
This year's pancake breakfast fundraiser benefitting the Comfort Fund at the WVU Cancer Institute Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center (MBRCC) had a record attendance of 159 people and raised over $1,300.
The 23rd Annual TRCCC Meeting is scheduled for March 4-6, 2020 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania. Abstract submission deadline is Jan. 30, 2020.
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.