WVU women’s basketball players and their fans are helping the WVU Cancer Institute in the fight against breast cancer. At the annual Play4Kay game against Oklahoma on Feb. 17 at the WVU Coliseum, the Mountaineers wore their pink to raise breast cancer awareness and offered fans chances to win various prizes during the chuck-a-duck promotion. It was a flurry of activity at the Cancer Institute table where fans purchased the pink ducks and made donations to receive official pink Mountaineer T-shirts, raising $2,300 for the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center.
The WVU Cancer Institute is participating in the implementation of a new drug therapy for young patients with leukemia and lymphoma. Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, known by the brand name Kymriah®, is a form of immunotherapy that harnesses the patient’s own immune system to fight malignant cancer.
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The WVU Cancer Institute is applying for a Certificate of Need with the West Virginia Health Care Authority for a mobile lung cancer screening program, which will be called LUCAS. This program would increase access to screening for patients in rural areas and address the growing demand for cancer services in the state.