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.
The Council for Women's Concerns is accepting nominations for the Mary Catherine Buswell Award. This accolade, established in 1978, honors a person who has shown a dedication to the advancement of women. The award winner will receive $500 for travel, supplies, salary supplement or any other use commensurate with WVU policies. Nominations must be submitted by March 1.
The WVU Cancer Institute is joining organizations across the world to increase awareness of cervical cancer this January in recognition of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Cervical cancer diagnoses have increased the last 40 years as the result of many women getting regular Pap tests, which can find cervical precancerous cells before they become cancer.