MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The WVU Cancer Institute is enrolling patients in an innovative clinical trial to treat ovarian cancer.
Valerie Galvan Turner, M.D., gynecologic oncologist at the WVU Cancer Institute, will help lead the trial to evaluate the efficacy of varying dosages and combinations of the cancer medications pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD), atezolizumab, and bevacizumab in the treatment of ovarian cancer.
“We are excited to bring this clinical trial to West Virginia and the WVU Cancer Institute,” Dr. Galvan Turner said. “This treatment has the potential to allow for more options for patients for whom other treatments may not be effective.”
The clinical trial is open to epithelial ovarian cancer patients whose cancer recurred less than one year after completing their first treatment or line of chemotherapy and are considered platinum resistant.
All participants will receive treatment, but the types of treatment will be randomly assigned.
“The WVU Cancer Institute is dedicated to expanding the field of knowledge of cancer treatment,” Galvan Turner said. “We hope this study will help advance the field and provide more options for patients with ovarian cancer.”
Alper Toker, M.D., an experienced thoracic surgeon who is internationally recognized for his expertise in minimally invasive/robotic thoracic surgery, has joined the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute and the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery of the WVU School of Medicine.
WVU Medicine announced today (Sept. 10) a partnership with Project SEARCH to provide internship experience for students with special needs. While the program itself has existed since 1996, WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital will be the state’s first location to host the internship experience.
The WVU Cancer Institute’s Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) is offering free community-based tobacco cessation support groups to local organizations throughout the area. “Breathe Well, Live Well” is designed to help West Virginians quit the use of tobacco products.