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.”
Several members of the WVU women’s basketball team made a surprise visit to the WVU Cancer Institute Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center this past week. It was an opportunity for them to talk with patients in the infusion center and present each with a silk rose. “We wanted to show our appreciation of what they are going through, and let them know that they aren’t alone,” said Lucky Rudd, a recent recruit to the Mountaineer team. “I hope our visit will brighten their day, if only temporarily,” said Chania Ray, #12 and a guard for the Mountaineers. Patients said it was very nice of the players to take time out to visit with them. Several patients, like Donald Bower, had their pictures taken with them. “I appreciate the rose, and plan to give it to my wife to enjoy as well,” Bower said.