This is a multidisciplinary program designed to provide individualized, state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. The guiding principles of the CBCP are quality, innovation, teamwork, service, and accountability.
Multidisciplinary care involves the collaboration between all healthcare professionals. Working together allows experts from different departments to come together to provide the most cutting edge cancer treatment and management services available.
Patients who require screening and diagnosis are seen in our Betty Puskar Breast Care Center. Caring and compassionate staff members offer screening, early detection, and diagnostic imaging services in a warm, welcoming environment. Our breast-specific radiologists are experts in the diagnosis of breast abnormalities, whether benign or malignant.
Our unique breast cancer clinic allows patients to see breast surgeons and oncologists, genetic counselors, social workers, and clinical trial specialists without having to make multiple appointments, allowing the entire cancer treatment process to begin sooner and patients to get on the road to recovery faster. This team of specialists, along with other healthcare workers, come together to discuss recommendations and create an individualized, tailored treatment plan.
WVU Medicine Health Report: 3D Mammography
The Betty Puskar Breast Care Center is dedicated to improving the breast health of the women of West Virginia. This goal is accomplished by the following aims:
- Reduce the number of breast cancer diagnoses throughout West Virginia by an active program of educational outreach. This program is aimed at educating women about the prevention and early detection of breast cancer.
- Obtain the most accurate screening and diagnostic results to properly diagnose and support women with cancer.
- Provide treatment and work to cure cancer with minimal impact on a woman’s body.
These aims allow women to have access to a comprehensive, all in-one breast care program that provides expert care, educational tools, and technology all aimed at the prevention, early detection, and treatment of breast cancer. In addition, the Center provides care in a warm, compassionate environment that is sensitive to a woman’s own unique needs.
The Center also provides a wealth of breast cancer information in the form of seminars, genetic counseling, nutritional information, and one-on-one education. Patients also have access to the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Hamilton Library, a unique resource center that now has an American Cancer Society volunteer present to help patients navigate information as well as point them toward useful community programs.
The Center is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and is federally certified by the FDA under the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) to provide quality breast imaging.
West Virginia Breast and Cervical Screening Program
Cancer Prevention and Control at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, West Virginia University, provides data-driven, evidence-based outreach and education as part of the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP).
More specifically, CPC offers:
- Public education which includes free clinics, one-on-one eligibility screening, educational sessions, employee outreach, and broad-based campaigns such as the Walks for Women and Quilts of Hope,
- Professional education for healthcare providers that affect their knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors to ultimately result in the screening of WVBCCSP program eligible women including the annual Public Health Nurses Physical Assessment Training and regional Women’s Health Information Programs, and
- Coordination of the partnership component of the Program which joins community stakeholders throughout the state, supports Health Information Specialists, and partners with communities to educate West Virginians about the importance of early detection.
For more information about other components of WVBCCSP or to talk to someone within the Program, call 304.558.5388 or toll free at 1.800.642.8522 or visit the program website at www.wvdhhr.org/bccsp
The mission of the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program is to prevent unnecessary disease, disability, and premature death due to breast and/or cervical cancer.
Since Program inception in 1991, the WVBCCSP has:
- enrolled more than 124,200 women
- provided over 242,500 Pap tests
- provided over 160,500 mammograms
- provided over 242,500 clinical breast exams
- diagnosed over 919 cases of invasive breast cancer
- diagnosed 373 in situ breast cancers
- diagnosed 10,878 cervical intraepithelial neoplasias (precancers)
- diagnosed over 134 cases of invasive cervical cancer
WVU Medicine Health Report: Preventive Surgery
The WVU Cancer Institute is the only facility in the state of West Virginia to offer Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) for breast cancer patients using the Zeiss Intrabeam. The Intrabeam is a simple but ingenious device – in essence a miniature electron, beam-driven, X-ray source, which provides a point source of low energy X-rays at the tip of a 3.2-mm diameter tube. The intrabeam can be inserted into the area of interest immediately after excision of the tumor and switched on for 25-45 minutes to provide intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT), accurately targeted to the tissues that are at highest risk of local recurrence.
What is IORT?
Intraoperative radiation therapy delivers a concentrated dose of radiation therapy to a tumor bed during surgery. This advanced technology may help kill microscopic disease, reduce radiation treatment times, or provide an added radiation “boost.”
Advantages of IORT
Typically, standard radiation therapy involves five days of treatment per week, for a total of three to six weeks. With IORT, our radiation oncologists can achieve a similar radiation effect in a single treatment session while also preserving more healthy tissue. This helps to reduce side effects and the time spent going back and forth to the hospital for radiation treatments.
IORT offers some of the following advantages:
- Maximum effect. IORT delivers a concentrated dose of radiation to a tumor site immediately after a tumor is removed, helping to destroy the microscopic tumor cells that may be left behind. The tumor site is typically at higher risk for recurrence than the rest of the breast, and traditional radiation therapy requires a recovery period after surgery, which leaves microscopic disease in the body for longer.
- Spares healthy tissues and organs. During IORT, a precise radiation dose is applied to the rim of normal tissue around the resection cavity. The rapid dose fall-off with this technique allows for sparing of the skin, lungs, and heart, which can receive a higher radiation dose with conventional radiation.
- Shortened treatment times. IORT may help some patients finish treatment and get back to their lives more quickly by reducing the need for additional radiation therapy, which is typically given over three to six weeks. The IORT treatment itself takes about 25-45 minutes.
Some possible side effects of treatment are skin redness, irritation, and swelling in the treated area, which often improve soon after treatment is complete.
Who is a candidate for IORT?
A patient must be a surgical candidate for lumpectomy in order to be eligible for IORT. This treatment is generally reserved for individuals with early-stage disease and favorable risk factors. Your doctor will discuss whether IORT is an appropriate treatment option for you, based on your individual diagnosis and medical history.
Bonnie’s Bus Mobile Mammography Program
Bonnie’s Bus is a mobile mammography unit that travels across West Virginia, offering breast cancer screening in a comfortable, convenient environment. A gift from Jo and Ben Statler, the Bus serves women who have private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare, and uninsured women who are participants in the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening program. With funding from grants and donations, mammograms are provided for women without coverage, so that no woman over the age of 40 is ever turned away; age 40 is the recommended age to begin screening mammograms. Bonnie’s Bus works in close partnership with the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP) which provides screening services to uninsured or underinsured women whose income, by federal guidelines, is at or below 200% of the national poverty level.
Bonnie’s Bus was created in honor of Bonnie Wells Wilson, the mother of Jo Statler, who succumbed to breast cancer in a remote area of the state with no access to screening mammography. Bonnie’s Bus has a mission to provide breast cancer screening services to women in West Virginia, especially those in rural parts of the state with limited or no access to screening mammography.
Betty Puskar Breast Care Center — Health Sciences Building1 Medical Center Drive
Morgantown, WV 26506
Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center — Health Sciences Campus1 Medical Center Drive
Morgantown, WV 26506
Fairmont Regional Cancer Center — Fairmont1325 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554