ECCC News Feed showing the most recent news articles published on the ECCC website. ECCC at Cabell Huntington Hospital reaccredited in Radiation Oncology <p><img class="right" title="" src="" alt="acr radonc seal" height="179" width="179">The Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center (ECCC) at <a href="">Cabell Huntington Hospital</a> (CHH) has again been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Radiation oncology (radiation therapy) is the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer. A radiation oncologist may use radiation to cure cancer or to relieve a cancer patient's pain.</p> <p>"This distinction shows that we are focused on providing the most advanced care for our patients with cancer," said Chad Schaeffer, executive director of the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center at CHH. "We continually monitor processes and standards to meet or exceed best practices in quality and safety."</p> <p>The ACR is the nation's oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body, with over 600 accredited sites, and 27 years of accreditation experience. The ACR seal of accreditation is considered the gold standard for patient care. It is awarded only to facilities meeting specific Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards developed by ACR after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field.</p> <p>"We are assessed on patient care and treatment, patient safety, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs," Schaeffer explained. "Once the assessment is complete, the findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Radiation Oncology Accreditation that provides us with a comprehensive report we can use for continuous practice improvement."</p> <p>"Receiving the ACR accreditation demonstrates to patients, referring physicians and other regulatory agencies that the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center is committed to quality care that meets or exceeds the care found in a typical radiation oncology practice," said Andrew Freeman, MD, Medical Director of the Radiation Oncology Department at the ECCC.</p> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:12:09 -0400 Palliative care physician adds additional support to cancer treatment <div class="captionImage right" style="width: 170px;"><img class="right" title="" src="" alt="mitchell scott" height="208" width="170"><p class="caption">Scott Mitchell, MD</p> </div> <p>Cabell Huntington Hospital welcomes Scott Mitchell, MD, a board-certified physician specializing in palliative care, to the Medical and Dental Staff. He specializes in controlling pain, alleviating psychosocial distress and addressing spiritual issues to support the continuum of care for serious and chronic illnesses such as cancer.</p> <p>Short-term palliative care is often provided along with cancer treatment. However, when a patient reaches the point when cancer treatment is no longer warranted, palliative care becomes the priority. The goal is to alleviate the physical symptoms and east the emotional issues related to their diagnosis and help transition to end-of-life care.</p> <p>Dr. Mitchell received his medical degree from Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine where he also completed his residency in family medicine. He is board certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative care.</p> <p>"Palliative care is an important component of the healing process for patients with cancer," said Chad Schaeffer, executive director of the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center. "Dr. Mitchell will provide supportive care and symptom management throughout our patients’ journey. The goals of palliative care are dignity and compassion for the entire family."</p> <p>Dr. Mitchell is accepting patients at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center, located at 1400 Hal Greer Boulevard, Huntington. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call <span class="phone">304.399.6500</span>.</p> Thu, 19 May 2016 12:44:32 -0400 Mrs. West Virginia fights cancer with positivity, encourages others with hope <p><strong>"In whatever I do, I tell myself that I'm going to do it or die trying." This is the motivation behind the crown that sits atop of Sarah White's head as she looks around the waiting room filled with fellow patients at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center at Cabell Huntington Hospital. She was recently crowned Mrs. West Virginia All Star USA after being diagnosed with reoccurring breast cancer.</strong></p> <p>"I was recently diagnosed with stage four, triple negative breast cancer," said White. This is her second battle with the disease and she says she plans to beat it again.</p> <div class="captionImage right" style="width: 228px;"><img class="right" title="" src="" alt="Mrs West Virginia and Heather Street, RN" height="285" width="228"><p class="caption">Sarah White, 2016 Mrs. West Virginia All Star USA, left, poses with one of her nurses, Heather Street, RN, right, during a visit to the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center. White takes time to visit with patients and share her story of positivity to offer encouragement and hope.</p> </div> <p>At the age of 33, White received the news that she would need to undergo surgery to have both breasts removed and undergo cancer treatment. "So, what did I do? I decided to participate in Dancing with the Tri-State Stars to help raise money for Ebenezer Outreach," said White. "I wasn't going to just sit and let my cancer take over. I was going to do something positive."</p> <p>Although she and her dance partner didn't win the competition, she did come out a winner after a double mastectomy, five months of chemotherapy and 28 rounds of radiation to fight any remaining cancer in her body.</p> <p>"I went through a lot, but through it all I had the support of family and friends and most importantly my nurses and doctors at the hospital," she said. White had reconstructive breast surgery and returned to work with the same positivity she had before she left for battle.</p> <p>"Being positive and having positive support helped me get through so much. I do believe it will help me get through the next battle that is now in front of me," she said.</p> <p>In the fall of 2015, White began having symptoms that she thought were associated with asthma. Then her arm began to hurt.</p> <p>"I really just thought I was overdoing it. And then a knot popped up on my chest and I knew something was wrong," she said.</p> <p>White's doctor, Maria Tria Tirona, MD, medical oncologist at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center, ordered an ultrasound and after reviewing the results asked White to come in for an emergency biopsy.</p> <p>"She doesn't have a poker face and she has always been honest with me. I knew before she told me that the news wasn't good," White shared. "It was back and I started chemotherapy on November 2."</p> <p>But even after learning that more cancer treatment was necessary, White's positive attitude led her to advocacy.</p> <p>"A friend of mine told me about the Mrs. West Virginia All Star USA pageant and the first thing I thought was this was a way for me reach out and provide education on breast self-check exams at a young age," said White. And that she did. She developed her platform on the importance of doing monthly self-check breast exams.</p> <p>"Cancer has no age limit. Even as young as eight, there have been diagnoses of breast cancer. My mom taught me how to self-check and if we are going to make a difference, we need to make sure all young girls are doing this on a monthly basis," she said.</p> <p>Earlier this month, White was crowned Mrs. West Virginia All Star USA. Since then, she has worn her crown and sash and traveled the halls of the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center sharing her story and giving hope to others battling cancer.</p> <p>"I have spent time with children with cancer and taught a class on how to look good and feel better with cancer. Anything I can do, I will do it to show people they can beat this. They just need to stay positive and let the excellent nurses and doctors at the Edwards take care of them," she said. "Have confidence in yourself. You can do anything you put your mind to."</p> Thu, 05 May 2016 12:05:06 -0400 Diagnostic Breast Center only center in the Tri-State designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence <p><img class="left" title="" src="" alt="bicoe" height="141" width="141">The Edwards Comprehensive Cancer <a href="[sitetree_link,id=7]">Diagnostic Breast Center</a> at Cabell Huntington Hospital has earned the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence recognition from the American College of Radiology (ACR). The center is the only one in the Tri-State and only the third in the state of West Virginia.</p> <p>By awarding facilities the status of Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in all of the College's voluntary, breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program.</p> <p>"To be the only center in the Tri-State and the third in the entire state of West Virginia with this designation speaks volumes to the type of care our patients receive when they use our services," said Chad Schaeffer, executive director of the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center.</p> <p>The breast imaging services at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center are fully accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that this facility has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.</p> <p>"If there is a way for us to measure and monitor our quality outcomes, we want to be a part of it," Schaeffer said. "Our team of experts is continually engaged in seeking excellence for our patients and this designation shows their dedication."</p> <p>To schedule a mammogram or to learn more about breast imaging services at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center, please call <span class="phone">304.526.2271</span>.</p> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:24:54 -0400 CHH Only Hospital in the Tri-State to Earn MRI Breast Accreditation <p>Cabell Huntington Hospital is the first hospital in the Tri-State region and the fourth in the state of West Virginia to earn a three-year term of accreditation in breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) from the American College of Radiology (ACR).</p> <p>MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that may not be obtained by other imaging modalities such as mammography or ultrasound. The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is the gold standard in medical imaging.</p> <p>"This was a very detailed process with rigorous preparation and study that included everyone in our department," said Nancy Godby, director of <a href="">Radiology</a> at Cabell Huntington Hospital. "It took everyone working together to make this accreditation possible."</p> <p>The ACR accreditation is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.</p> <p>"We are focused on providing the highest quality of care for our patients," said Stacy Davis, assistant director of Radiology at CHH. "We will continue to seek approval every three years and that means we must continually monitor our quality processes to ensure we remain at or above best practices."</p> <p>Cabell Huntington Hospital has earned all nine medical imaging accreditations from the ACR including Breast Ultrasound, CT, Mammography, MRI, Nuclear Medicine and PET, Radiation Oncology, Stereotactic Breast Biopsy, Breast MRI and Ultrasound.</p> <p>For more information about medical imaging services at Cabell Huntington Hospital, please call <span class="phone">304.399.6700</span>.</p> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:48:22 -0400 Events for February 2016 <p><img class="right" title="" src="" alt="" height="157" width="200">Special events and classes help us learn from the experts about health issues. Support groups offer the opportunity to learn from health professionals and each other about a condition and its symptoms and treatment.<br><br>Connecting with others in a similar situation enables you to share experiences and practical advice and learn more about what you are facing. And who knows? You may make some friends while you're there!<br><br>All of our support groups are free, and most take place on the Cabell Huntington Hospital campus. Special events are free unless otherwise noted. Everyone is welcome, and in most cases, there's no need to register in advance. For details about upcoming events, please see our <a href="">calendar page.</a><br><br>For more information, please call <span class="phone">304.399.6854</span>.</p> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:35:26 -0500 TrueBeam Linear Accelerator Offers Speed & Accuracy <p>The Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Department of Radiation Oncology recently acquired a TrueBeam™ linear accelerator, a state-of-the-art radiation delivery platform that treats cancer with speed and accuracy. This versatile and powerful platform allows radiation oncologists to treat challenging cancers throughout the body, including those in the brain, spine and liver, while avoiding healthy tissue. Because procedures are performed in a shorter amount of time, the experience is more comfortable and convenient for patients.</p> <h2>What it does</h2> <p><img class="right" title="" src="" alt="" height="253" width="292">The TrueBeam linear accelerator integrates imaging and radiation delivery. It can be used to deliver many forms of radiotherapy, including:</p> <ul><li>image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT)</li> <li>intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT)</li> <li>stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and</li> <li>stereotactic body radiotherapy</li> </ul><p>This gives your doctor the opportunity to tailor your treatment, choosing the method that is best for your particular case.</p> <h2>How it works</h2> <p>TrueBeam has an On-Board Imager controlled by two robotic arms that rotate around you, creating a three-dimensional picture to confirm the location of the tumor. TrueBeam then provides a precisely sculpted 3D radiation dose as it rotates 360º around you. The system continuously monitors the movement of your tumor as you breathe and only delivers radiation when the tumor is in exactly the right place. This allows for a higher, more effective dosage amount without additional risk of side effects, including damage to normal surrounding tissues.</p> <h2>Treatment advantages</h2> <ul><li>TrueBeam’s technology makes it possible to deliver fast, accurate image-guided treatments within just a few minutes per day.</li> <li>With advanced imaging, physicians can deliver treatment more accurately by enabling them to “see” the tumor they treat and target tumors with submillimeter accuracy.</li> <li>Some tumors move when you breathe in and out. This system’s “respiratory gating” option helps maintain accuracy by synchronizing beam delivery with your breathing.</li> <li>The precision of TrueBeam is measured in increments of less than a millimeter, performing accuracy checks every ten milliseconds throughout the entire treatment.</li> </ul><h2>Patient comfort</h2> <div class="captionImage right" style="width: 275px;"><img class="right" title="" src="" alt="Freeman action" height="224" width="330"><p class="caption">Dr. Andrew Freeman, director of Radiation Oncology</p> </div> <p>Short treatment times can minimize the interruption of your daily life. Closed-circuit television systems with two-way audio keep you in continuous contact with the therapist running the machine. Enhanced technology allows for music to be played during your treatment, helping to create a more soothing environment.<br><br>“In the past decade, the field of radiation oncology has seen incredible advancements in technology, computer power and imaging,” said Dr. Andrew Freeman, director of Radiation Oncology at the ECCC. “These advancements allow us to provide treatments that are significantly more effective, with fewer side effects than ever before.”<br><br>The projected go-live date for our TrueBeam™ linear accelerator is late November 2015. Questions? Please call <span class="phone">304.399.6501</span>.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:03:27 -0400 Pediatric Oncologist/Hematologist Joins the Staff <div class="captionImage right" style="width: 162px;"><img class="right" title="" src="" alt="Finch Paul web" height="226" width="162"><p class="caption">Paul Finch, MD</p> </div> <p>Paul Finch, MD, a physician specializing in <a href="[sitetree_link,id=16]">pediatric oncology/hematology</a>, has been welcomed to the Medical &amp; Dental Staff of the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center and Cabell Huntington Hospital. Pediatric hematologists/oncologists evaluate, diagnose, treat and manage children and teens with cancer (leukemia, lymphoma and/or tumors), diseases of the blood cells and bleeding disorders. <br><br>Dr. Finch earned his medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center/Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis and a pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, a hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.<br><br>Dr. Finch provides care to children undergoing cancer treatment at Hoops Family Children’s Hospital and the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center on the Cabell Huntington Hospital campus. He is welcoming new patients and referrals. Please call <span class="phone">304.399.6503</span> for an appointment or to learn more.</p> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:52:55 -0400 Dr. Cheung Conducts 1st IlluminOss Cancer Treatment in US <div class="captionImage right" style="width: 349px;"><img class="right" title="" src="" alt="" height="217" width="349"><p class="caption">Lightfix, IlluminOss’ Bone Stabilization Technology</p> </div> <p>A collaboration among Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, the Marshall Clinical Research Center and the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center (ECCC) has resulted in the successful treatment of the first two patients in the US using an innovative bone-stabilization device. Both patients were diagnosed with metastatic cancer and had a pathologic fracture of the humerus.</p> <p>These institutions are working in conjunction with IlluminOss Medical, a medical device company focused on minimally invasive orthopedic fracture repair, as part of its US Lightfix clinical trial for the treatment of impending and pathologic fractures in the humerus due to metastatic carcinoma.</p> <div class="captionImage left" style="width: 175px;"><img class="left" title="" src="" alt="" height="250" width="200"><p class="caption">Felix Cheung, MD</p> </div> <p>The surgeries were performed by Felix Cheung, MD, chief of the division of orthopaedic oncology at the School of Medicine and the region's only orthopedic oncologist. Dr. Cheung, who practices at the ECCC, is an orthopedic surgeon who received fellowship training in musculoskeletal oncology at Harvard.</p> <p>“We are excited for the opportunity to be the first clinical site in the US to apply IlluminOss’ technology to the treatment of a patient with a complex fracture, and the results have been remarkable,” said Cheung. “The patients were completely stable following the procedure and reported little to no discomfort. Having seen firsthand how effective the IlluminOss System is, I believe the benefits it provides to both the surgeon and the patient have the potential to make it a true game-changer in the way fracture repair can be approached.”</p> <div class="captionImage right" style="width: 175px;"><img class="right" title="" src="" alt="" height="250" width="200"><p class="caption">Franklin Shuler, MD, PhD</p> </div> <p>Assisting Cheung was Franklin D. Shuler, MD, PhD, associate professor and vice chair of research in the department of orthopaedic surgery at the School of Medicine. Gene DiPoto, senior vice president of research and development at IlluminOss Medical, worked closely with Cheung and his team to facilitate the successful surgeries. </p> <p>The IlluminOss System has proven successful in the treatment of more than a thousand patients in Europe, where it has been in clinical use since 2010.  Patient benefits observed from the use of the IlluminOss product include smaller incisions, shorter procedure times, and more rapid post-procedure patient mobility with reduced hospital stays and lower complication rates. In many cases it allows the patient to get back to daily activities more quickly without the hindrance of a hard cast.</p> <p>This clinical trial is underway at surgical centers across the country and is currently enrolling patients.  For additional information, please go to <a href=""></a> and enter NCT 02338492 in the search bar.</p> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:20:10 -0400 Dr. Tirona Discusses Healthy Eating & Cancer <div class="captionImage left" style="width: 120px;"><img class="left" title="" src="" alt="" height="180" width="120"><p class="caption">Maria Tirona, MD</p> </div> <p class="Pa1"><a href="[sitetree_link,id=9]">Medical oncologist</a> Maria R. Tirona, MD, will be the featured speaker for the April <em>Healthy Living Series</em> at Huntington’s Kitchen. The discussion will focus on healthy eating and healthy habits to help lower cancer risk, and the presentation will include a food preparation demonstration and a light dinner, with a focus on nutritious foods.</p> <p>When: 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, 2015</p> <p class="Pa1">Where: Huntington's Kitchen at 911 Third Avenue in Huntington, WV<br><br>Admission is free. Seating is limited and RSVP is required. Please <a href="">register online</a> or by calling Huntington’s Kitchen at <span class="phone">304.522.0887</span>.<br><br><em>Cabell Huntington Hospital's Healthy Living Series offers a variety of health and wellness information presented by a different physician each month. These free presentations take place at Huntington's Kitchenon the first Tuesday of the month.</em></p> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:31:49 -0400