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 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 iHeart Media Donation Helps Uninsured and Underinsured <div class="captionImage right" style="width: 300px;"><img class="right" title="" src="" alt="" height="254" width="300"><p class="caption">KEE 100 radio personalities Dave Roberts and Jennifer Seay present their donation to Velma Workman (center), community development coordinator for the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation.</p> </div> <p>Dave Roberts and Jennifer Seay, best known as Dave and Jenn from iHeart Media’s morning radio show on KEE 100 FM, recently delivered a $3,500 donation to the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center to help cover the cost of screening mammograms for uninsured or underinsured women. The money was a portion of the $14,000 raised through the iHeart Media “pink duck” sale last fall.</p> <p>"We were blown away by the generosity and compassion of our community,” Dave and Jenn said in a joint statement. “A total of $14,000 was raised, and we are hoping that the money helps every woman in need in the Tri-State receive a mammogram."</p> <p>Screening mammograms are a leading preventive measure for women, regardless of their risk for breast cancer. The Breast Health Center at Cabell Huntington Hospital offers 3D mammograms from 7:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and until 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You can <a href="">schedule an appointment online</a> or by calling <span class="phone">304.526.2270</span>.</p> <p>“We are so pleased to accept this donation because it shows us again how generous our community can be for everyone in need,” said Velma Workman, community development coordinator for the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation. “This effort to raise money for women in need will go far in screening for breast cancer. Thank you to the donors and iHeart Media for the wonderful support.”</p> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:24:33 -0500 Ceredo Elementary 4th Graders Donate $1,175 to Good Samaritan Fund <div class="captionImage right" style="width: 300px;"><img class="right" title="" src="" alt="" height="209" width="330"><p class="caption">Cassidy Stoner, ECCC nurse navigator Gigi Gerlach and Hannah Moore</p> </div> <p>For Hanna Moore and Cassidy Stoner, the rubber band bracelets and handmade scarves they sold were more than just items to sell; they were symbols of help for patients battling cancer at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center on the campus of Cabell Huntington Hospital.</p> <p>Moore and Stoner are fourth graders at Ceredo Elementary School in Wayne County. They are close friends who wanted to help breast cancer patients because they know women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Since they both have October birthdays, they asked relatives for money for the Good Samaritan Fund instead of personal gifts. In addition, they created and sold rubber band bracelets and scarves made by Moore’s mother to friends and family.</p> <p>In early December, the girls presented $1,175 to the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center for the Good Samaritan Fund, which helps cancer patients with expenses that are incidental to cancer treatment, such as vehicle repairs, lodging and fuel purchases.</p> <p>“For young children to recognize and care about the needs of our cancer patients is amazing to me. Their actions demonstrate hope to many, those who are affected and those who are watching and listening,” said Gigi Gerlach RN, a nurse navigator for breast cancer patients at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center.  “Hanna and Cassidy are precious examples of the kindness, innocence and generosity of children and not only am I proud to accept their donation, I am proud to know them.”</p> <p>To learn more about the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center's Good Samaritan Fund and how you can help, please contact Velma Workman at <span class="phone">304-526-6314</span> or <a href="mailto:"></a>.</p> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:06:44 -0500 ECCC & CHH Breast Health Centers Earn NAPBC Accreditation <p>The Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center <a href="[sitetree_link,id=7]">Diagnostic Breast Center</a> and the <a href="">Cabell Huntington Hospital Breast Health Center</a> have each been granted a three-year designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. These facilities are the only breast centers in Huntington to earn this accreditation. Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to:</p> <ul><li>Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services</li> <li>A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options</li> <li>Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options</li> <li>Quality breast health care close to home</li> </ul><div class="captionImage right" style="width: 247px;"><img class="right" title="" src="" alt="" height="300" width="247"><p class="caption">Maria Tria Tirona, MD</p> </div> <p>“We hope that women understand the importance of NAPBC accreditation and seek out facilities that have achieved this status,” Maria Tria Tirona, MD, Chair of the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center Breast Care Leadership Program. “We are one of only four such programs in West Virginia, and we are committed to providing the highest quality breast care to the patients we serve. As demonstrated by our accreditation, our program is led by group of multidisciplinary physicians and supported by a team of nurses and supportive care personnel that understand the unique needs of women with breast diseases.”</p> <p>The Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center Diagnostic Breast Center has two full-time breast surgeons and a team of experienced nursing staff and breast health navigators to guide patients through each step of their diagnosis and treatment.</p> <p>During the survey process, the centers must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with any of the full spectrum of breast diseases. The standards include proficiency in the areas of center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement.  A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.</p> <p>For more information about breast health services or scheduling a screening mammogram, please call <span class="phone">304.526.2440</span>.</p> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:21:41 -0500 ECCC Welcomes Radiation Oncologist Grace Dixon, MD <div class="captionImage right" style="width: 200px;"><img class="right" title="" src="" alt="" height="305" width="200"><p class="caption">Grace Dixon, MD</p> </div> <p>Grace Dixon, MD, a cancer physician specializing in radiation therapies, has joined the <a href="[sitetree_link,id=10]">Radiation Oncology</a> team at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center on the campus of Cabell Huntington Hospital.</p> <p>Dr. Dixon earned her medical degree at the University of Kentucky and completed her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. She is also a member of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.</p> <p>Dr. Dixon is now accepting new patients seeking treatment for a wide range of cancers. To schedule an appointment, please call 304.399.6501.</p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:50:53 -0400 ECCC Welcomes Fellowship-Trained Cancer Surgeon <div class="captionImage left" style="width: 203px;"><img class="left" title="" src="" alt="" height="218" width="203"><p class="caption">Amanda Arrington, MD</p> </div> <p>Amanda Arrington, MD, the Tri-State area’s only fellowship-trained surgical oncologist, has joined the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center surgical oncology team and Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine as an assistant professor.</p> <p>Certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Arrington has extensive experience as a cancer surgeon. She completed fellowship training in surgical infectious disease and residency training in general surgery at the University of Minnesota. A graduate of West Virginia University School of Medicine, Dr. Arrington also completed fellowship training in surgical oncology at the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, California.</p> <p>Dr. Arrington specializes in performing surgery for a wide range of cancers, including stomach (gastric), colon, liver, pancreas, melanoma, endocrine (thyroid, adrenal) and soft tissue sarcomas. At the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center, she joins the Huntington/Tri-State region’s most comprehensive team of cancer surgeons, with specialists in surgical breast oncology, <a href="[sitetree_link,id=113]">daVinci® Robotic Surgery</a>, <a href="[sitetree_link,id=20]">urologic oncology</a>, <a href="[sitetree_link,id=17]">orthopedic oncology</a>, surgical <a href="[sitetree_link,id=111]">neuro-oncology</a> and <a href="[sitetree_link,id=8]">gynecologic oncology</a>. For more information, please call <span class="phone">304.399.6600</span>.</p> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 09:45:20 -0400 ECCC Oncologists Now Seeing Patients At Pleasant Valley Hospital <p>Pleasant Valley Hospital (PVH) and the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center (ECCC) are working together to enhance cancer care for patients in Point Pleasant and surrounding communities. Mohamed Khasawneh, MD, and Toni Pacioles, MD, fellowship-trained medical oncologists/hematologists at the ECCC, have begun weekly visits to see patients at Pleasant Valley Hospital— extending the cancer care that is offered by the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center.</p> <p>“We are thrilled to offer ECCC-caliber services to the Point Pleasant Community,” stated Glen Washington, FACHE, Pleasant Valley Hospital CEO. “This is an example of the types of opportunities for new and enhanced healthcare services that we envisioned last year, when we announced the partnership among Cabell Huntington Hospital, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and Marshall Health physicians.”</p> <div class="captionImage left" style="width: 120px;"><img class="left" title="" src="" alt="" height="160" width="120"><p class="caption">Mohamed Khasawneh, MD</p> </div> <p>Dr. Khasawneh completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He also completed an Oncology Fellowship at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute at the State University of New York and an Experimental Therapeutic Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Khasawneh treats patients with all types of cancers, as well as blood and bleeding disorders.</p> <div class="captionImage right" style="width: 120px;"><img class="right" title="" src="" alt="Pacioles" height="160" width="120"><p class="caption">Toni Pacioles, MD</p> </div> <p>Dr. Pacioles specializes in providing care for adults with cancer, blood disorders and cancers in the digestive system. He also has a special interest in geriatric oncology, which is the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in elderly patients. Dr. Pacioles earned his medical degree from the College of Medicine at the University of the Philippines in Manila, Philippines. He also completed his fellowship training in geriatric medicine and hematology/oncology at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York and his residency training in internal medicine at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.</p> <p>Both Dr. Khasawneh and Dr. Pacioles provide care for patients with all types of cancers, as well as blood and bleeding disorders. Their regular presence at PVH offers cancer patients in the Point Pleasant area faster and more direct access to the ECCC’s highly specialized care, state-of-the-art therapies and leading-edge clinical trials. Cancer services at PVH continue to include chemotherapy, infusion services, diagnostic testing and patient education.</p> <p>For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the office nearest you:</p> <ul><li>Pleasant Valley Hospital: <span class="phone">304.675.1759</span></li> <li>Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center: <span class="phone">304.399.6500</span></li> </ul> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:29:12 -0400