The WVU Cancer Institute saw approximately 150 patients during its Spring Screen event on Saturday, May 18th. The event offered free screenings for head and neck, oral, and skin cancer; clinical breast exams; low-cost screenings for lung and cervical cancer; and lab testing. In addition, attendees were provided opportunities to learn about oral self-exams, smoking cessation, tours of the "Strollin' Colon" and information about other types of screening for colon or lung cancer were provided.
A major public health initiative aimed at preventing cervical cancer in at-risk Appalachian families from West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Virginia is underway with support from an $11 million National Cancer Institute grant.
Work from Dr. A. Courtney DeVries, the John T. and June R. Chambers Chair of Oncology Research at the WVU Cancer Institute, and her team is focusing on the side effects a cancer patient experiences during treatment, depending on their social environment.
Employees of WVU Medicine and the WVU Cancer Institute came together on Monday, May 20 to join organizations across the world in celebrating Clinical Trials Day on May 20. This day recognizes those who conduct clinical trials, raises awareness of clinical trials and clinical research, and is an opportunity to show gratitude for the work they do to improve public health.
Megan Burkart, D.P.T., assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Medicine’s Division of Physical Therapy, is the first physical therapist in West Virginia to achieve specialization as an Oncologic Clinical Specialist.
What started with a small gift between friends has now evolved into the larger “gift of humanity.” Lemons of Love was started in 2014 after the founder, Jill Swanson Peltier, was diagnosed with Stage III Colon Cancer. Jill had received a small goodie bag from a friend with a few items that were meant to help her through her chemotherapy treatment. Touched by the kindness and thoughtfulness of this gift, she knew that this was something that everyone starting their battle with cancer should receive. Jill envisioned being able to give others the same support that she received, in the form of a simple gift that makes a big impact.
John C. Byrd, M.D will lecture on targeted therapies in leukemia on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, in the Okey Patteson Auditorium (Health Sciences Center-North), at 4:00 pm. A Q&A reception will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public. For those who cannot attend, the event also will be webcast.
Save the date for the 2019 Pink Party. Join us at Bartini Prime (350 Suncrest Towne Centre) Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. for an evening filled with delicious food, live music and great company to benefit Bonnie's Bus, the mobile mammography unit supporting the women of West Virginia. Live music from 6–9 p.m. General admission is $100.