Members of the girl’s volleyball team at Jefferson-Morgan High School in Jefferson, Pennsylvania, have joined the WVU Cancer Institute in the fight against breast cancer. The team recently hosted a Pink Out game, asked fans to make donations, and sold pink “Go-Fight-Cure” T-shirts to promote breast cancer awareness and support the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center. The fundraiser generated more than $500 for the Breast Care Center. “I’m very proud of the girls for all their hard work,” Stephanie Woodruff, Jefferson-Morgan volleyball coach, said. “Several of them are supporting a cause that is close to them.”
"I witnessed the impact of breast cancer firsthand because my grandmother had the disease and is now a survivor,” player Caitlyn Dugan said. Makenzie Wright said she was glad to be able to support a program that has helped her family.
During the Pink Out game players also honored four breast cancer survivors who were related to some of them. The players introduced the survivors and presented a flower to each one. “It was a very emotional night,” Jackie Haley, vice-president of the volleyball boosters at Jefferson-Morgan, said, adding that her sister is a 10 year survivor and received treatment at the Cancer Institute’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.
Pictured (l-r): Stephanie Woodruff, Carrington Teasdale, Maddie VanDiviner, Brynn Boyd, Autumn Gustovich, Caitlyn Dugan, Makenzie Wright and Cimmie Shahan, MD, medical director of the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center
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.