Nearly 200 physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, and other healthcare providers from West Virginia University and the surrounding region participated in the 27th Annual Fall Cancer Conference “Translating Personalized Medicine into Cancer Care” at Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown on October 6.
The conference, sponsored by the WVU Cancer Institute, WVU School of Medicine, WVU Medicine and the WVU Office of Continuing Education, was an opportunity for different disciplines to learn about new cancer drugs and approaches that are continually changing in cancer care to improve patient outcomes and save lives.
“We want practitioners to know about the latest advancements so they can provide patients the best possible treatment,” WVU Cancer Institute Director Richard Goldberg, MD, said.
Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, director of cancer survivorship at Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in North Carolina, told participants that a lot of progress has been made in cancer care, which leads to more survivors. “By 2040 there will be an estimated 26 million cancer survivors, and 73% of them will be 65 and older.”
Many thanks to the WVU women’s soccer team and their fans who came out to watch the Mountaineers beat Oklahoma 5-1 during the “pink” game at Dick Dlesk Stadium in Morgantown on October 8. The game was an opportunity for both the team and fans to join the WVU Cancer Institute and WVU Medicine to raise breast cancer awareness and support the fight against breast cancer. Cancer Institute Director Rich Goldberg, representatives of the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center and the Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program (Bonnie’s Bus), and assistant women’s soccer coach Marisa Kanela were called to the field for halftime recognition and an announcement that the Mountaineers raised nearly $9,000 for the Cancer Institute’s Betty Puskar Breast Care Center during the team’s annual spring fundraiser. Additionally, Mountaineer fans donated more than $1,300 in exchange for official pink Mountaineer T-shirts. Their donations will support the Breast Cancer Program Enhancement Fund at the Cancer Institute.
Linda Vona-Davis, Ph.D., director of the Biomedical Master of Science in Health Sciences Program at West Virginia University, was surprised and delighted to see 65 of her colleagues at her recent presentation. Before the standing-room-only crowd, she discussed her latest research into how adipose-derived stem cells, which originate in fat, influence the activity of breast cancer cells.