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.
The boy’s and girl’s basketball teams at Barrackville Middle School are raising breast cancer awareness and supporting the WVU Cancer Institute in the fight against the disease. The players recently hosted their second annual pink out game against St. Francis at North Marion High School where they presented a check for $850 to the WVU Cancer Institute for breast cancer research. They, along with the St. Francis players, raised the money by selling pink t-shirts to their friends, families and others in their community. “Our athletes and coaches feel strongly about supporting this cause and want to help find a cure for breast cancer,” Russell Hixenbaugh, teacher and girl’s basketball coach at Barrackville Middle, said.
Several members of the WVU women’s basketball team made a surprise visit to the WVU Cancer Institute in Morgantown this past week. It was an opportunity for them to talk with patients in the infusion center and present each with a silk rose.