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.”
WVU Medicine Physician Presents at International Society of Intraoperative Radiation Therapy Conference
Christopher P. Cifarelli, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the WVU Medicine Gamma Knife program and member of the WVU Cancer Institute Research Programs, presented a talk on his team’s research during the 2018 ISIORT conference in Mannheim, Germany. Dr. Cifarelli presented two sessions: Feasibility of Dose Escalation Using Intraoperative Radiotherapy Following Resection of Large Brain Metastases Compared to Post-operative SRS and Neurosurgical Nuances of IORT for Intracranial Lesions. The work focuses on a novel use of radiation delivered to the brain at the time of surgery as a means to decrease long-term radiation doses and improve overall outcomes for patients with metastatic and primary brain tumors. The conference had about 300 specialists from over 20 nations in attendance. Dr. Cifarelli is a faculty member in the WVU Department of Neurosurgery and a member of the Radiation Oncology team at WVU Cancer Institute. This work was co-authored by Joshua Hack MS, Geraldine M. Jacobson MD, and J. Austin Vargo MD.
A free continuing education event for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and other healthcare providers interested in breast cancer care.
The tobacco cessation treatment training program at WVU urges collaboration in helping patients kick the tobacco habit and decrease health risks associated with tobacco use.