The WVU Cancer Institute’s Cancer Prevention and Control has expanded its Bridge Program that focuses on lung cancer survivorship to United Hospital Center (UHC) in Bridgeport. The goal of the Bridge Program is to improve the coordination of care and decrease the consequences of treatment for patients diagnosed with stage I, II, or III lung cancer after they complete treatment.
“It has been an exciting opportunity to be part of this project from the early stages with the WVU Cancer Institute, as a gap in care has been identified for the lung cancer survivors of West Virginia,” Linda Carte, RN, MSN, AOCN, vice president of oncology and post-acute care at United Hospital Center, said. “While lung cancer survivors are the first to have the opportunity to participate in this Bridge Program, it is a model that can certainly be extended to all those surviving cancer to improve quality of life after diagnosis and treatment. We are looking forward to this ongoing collaboration to improve cancer care for the many communities we serve.”
The Bridge Program brings together healthcare professionals from multiple disciplines to create a comprehensive care plan tailored to the specific needs of each patient. During a half-day clinic, each patient has the opportunity to meet individually with a nurse practitioner, licensed social worker, dietitian, psychiatrist, physical therapist, and occupational therapist.
The program is funded by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s "Bridging Cancer Care" initiative.
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.