ECCC News Feed showing the most recent news articles published on the ECCC website. 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 2015 Breast Cancer Awareness Events <p><img class="right" title="" src="" alt="BC cal 2015 web" height="259" width="341">Among women, breast cancer remains the most common cancer and the second most deadly. It strikes women of all races, ethnicities, income levels and family backgrounds. In fact, about 85 percent of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of disease.</p> <p>October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an important time to learn about the risks women face. But while these facts can be frightening, there are reasons for optimism as well. When breast cancer is diagnosed early and treated, survival rates can be near 100 percent. That is why regular screenings and quality treatment are critical to the millions of women who will be diagnosed in their lifetimes.</p> <p>As part of our mission, each year, the staff of the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center's <a href="[sitetree_link,id=7]">Diagnostic Breast Center</a> presents special events that highlight the latest information about breast cancer symptoms, risk factors, screenings and research. Please take a moment to review the <a href="[file_link,id=534]" target="_blank">calendar of events</a>. Find more details about certain events by following the links below.</p> <h2>Learn More</h2> <p><a href="[sitetree_link,id=192]">Colors of Cancer - Oct. 4</a></p> <p><a href="">Breast Screening &amp; Genetic Testing - Oct 13</a></p> <p><a href="">Free Breast Cancer Screenings - Oct. 16</a></p> <p><a href="[file_link,id=535]" target="_blank">Zumbathon for Hope - Oct. 17</a></p> <p><a href="[file_link,id=536]" target="_blank">Breast Cancer Conference for Caregivers - Oct. 23</a></p> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 15:18:48 -0400 Free Massage Class for Caregivers <div class="captionImage right" style="width: 144px;"><img class="right" title="" src="" alt="" height="187" width="144"><p class="caption">Angela Barker</p> </div> <p>Clinical studies have shown that massage can reduce symptoms such as stress, nausea, pain, fatigue and depression for those who have cancer. The Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center (ECCC) recognizes this benefit and has partnered with Angela Barker, orthopedic massage therapist, to offer classes to caregivers.<br><br>“Caregivers often have a sense of helplessness when a loved one has cancer,” said Barker. “Touch is such a powerful tool in healing and comfort. I will be teaching caregivers how to use touch to help their loved ones feel some comfort and support.”<br><br><strong><em>A Caregiver’s Touch</em> takes place at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center in Room G-99, on Sept. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. The class will provide techniques and training on how to use massage to provide comfort, reduce stress and aid in relaxation. <em>A Caregiver’s Touch</em> is being offered, free of charge, to anyone who is a caregiver to someone with cancer. The class is not limited to family members.</strong><br><br>“Cancer patients have varied responses — if the person’s body has changed, he or she may not feel comfortable letting someone see it. These are things the caregiver needs to understand in order to be effective with massage,” she said.<br><br><img class="left" title="" src="" alt="" height="233" width="350">Barker will explain the background of touch therapy and how it relates to cancer patients and demonstrate some simple techniques to use for massage. <br><br>“There are many studies that show the positive effects of massage. Some of these include a reduction of pain levels and nausea,” she explained. “The focus is on human contact. It is one of the basic essentials to our existence.”<br><br>Chad Schaeffer, executive director of the ECCC said the program will give the caregiver an expanded role in the care of their loved one</p> <div class="captionImage left" style="width: 180px;"><img class="left" title="" src="" alt="" height="226" width="180"><p class="caption">Chad Schaeffer, executive director    of the ECCC</p> </div> <p>“We often hear patients’ loved ones share a need to be more involved. They often express a feeling of helplessness. This program will allow them to learn techniques to aid in their loved ones’ comfort,” Schaeffer explained.<br><br>“Because people are being diagnosed younger and younger, we have found that caregivers come in all varieties. Spouses work and children are away at college, so sometimes caregivers are neighbors and friends. This class is open to anyone who is interested in providing a caring touch to someone with cancer,” he said.</p> <p>For more information about this program or to RSVP, please call <span class="phone">304.399.6500</span>.</p> <p><a href="[file_link,id=530]" target="_blank">See the event flier.</a></p> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 09:38:04 -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 Salute to Survivors June 7 <p><img class="right" title="" src="" alt="" height="177" width="300">All survivors and their immediate family members are invited to join staff and physicians from the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center, Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Sunday, June 7, for a “Salute to Survivors." The event includes free lunch, music, games and activities with a patriotic theme on the parking lot in front of the cancer center. Survivors are invited to help decorate the Survivors’ Day banner and to share their personal stories of hope.</p> <h3>Schedule of Events</h3> <p>12:30 p.m. Flag ceremony <br>12:40 p.m. Invocation<br>1 p.m. Barbershop quartet &amp; lunch, entertainment, games and activities<br>2 p.m. Survivor group picture</p> <p>RSVPs are required by calling 304.399.6500.<br><br>National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual celebration of life. The Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of more than 700 worldwide participants in this celebration.</p> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 13:49:07 -0400 June 2015 Events <p><img class="right" title="" src="" alt="" height="195" width="300">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 May 2015 15:37:28 -0400 Free Women's Health Screening May 1 <p><img class="right" title="" src="" alt="" height="213" width="250">Free cervical cancer screenings for women 21 and over Friday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center. Free Pap smear and mammogram for those who qualify. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. Please call <span class="phone">304.526.2440.</span><br><br>Exams are provided by physicians from Cabell Huntington Hospital, the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center, Huntington Women’s Health and the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Pathology services are provided by University Pathology Services.<br><br>We appreciate the participation of Gerard Oakley, MD; Nadim Bou Zgheib, MD; Stephen Feaster, MD; Paul Lee, MD; Joseph Assaley, MD and Jessica Granger, MD.</p> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:32:28 -0400 April 2015 Events on Campus <p><img class="right" title="" src="" alt="" height="200" width="300">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.</p> <p>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>.</p> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:28:59 -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