Located in Bridgeport, West Virginia, the United Hospital Center’s Cecil B. Highland, Jr. & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center, with its board-certified medical and radiation oncologists, offers patients access to the latest in cancer treatment. The center provides the entire continuum of cancer related services from prevention/early detection screening and education to surgery, medical and radiation oncology, inpatient and outpatient therapies, home care and, when appropriate, hospice services.
United Hospital Center’s Cecil B. Highland, Jr. & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center sponsors support groups for patients and families in conjunction with the American Cancer Society. In addition, community-wide cancer screenings and education programs are held throughout the year.
Along with standard cancer therapies provided throughout the U.S., the cancer center participates in clinical trials thus giving patients access to the latest in cancer treatment protocols and experimental chemotherapy not yet released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Specialized radiation treatments using the most up-to-date IMRT techniques, breast brachy therapy and prostate implants are also available as part of the center’s services.
The United Hospital Center’s Cecil B. Highland, Jr. & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center is recognized by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a Community Comprehensive Cancer Program.
The Cecil B. Highland, Jr. & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center is a service of United Hospital Center. For more information on cancer services or upcoming screenings/educational programs, call (681) 342-1800, or click here to view our Annual Program Schedule or click here to view our Resource Directory. For our annual report click here.
For more information on clinical trials:
Please contact your physician or Nancy Dye, RN, Oncology Program Coordinator at 681-342-1804 for more information.
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The following protocols are currently open for enrollment:
Oncology Clinical Trials
Please contact your physician or Nancy Dye, RN, CCRP, Oncology Program Coordinator at 681-342-1804 for more information.
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Principal Investigator – Dr. Paul Brager
A Phase III Clinical Trial comparing trastuzumab given concurrently with radiation therapy and radiation therapy alone for women with HER-2 positive DCIS resected by lumpectomy
A Randomized Phase III Trial of adjuvant therapy comparing chemotherapy alone (six cycles of docetaxel plus cyclophosphamide or four cycles of docorubicin plus cyclophosphamide followed by weekly paclitaxel) to chemotherapy plus trastusumab in women with node positive or high risk node negative HER-2 low invasive breast cancer
Statin polyp prevention trial in patients with resected colon cancer
A phase III trial of 6 versus 12 treatments of adjuvant FOLFOX plus celecoxib or placebo for patients with resected stage III colon cancer
Cardiology Clinical Trial
JOMED (JOSTENT) Coronary Stent Graft
Principal Investigator – Dr. Gerardo Lopez
Surgical Clinical Trial
Gastric Electrical Stimulation (Enterra)
Principal Investigator – Dr. Jeffrey Madden
Orthopaedics Clinical Trial
Proximal Interphalangeal Joint
Principal Investigator – Dr. Gerald Farber
Cecil B. Highland, Jr. & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center at United Hospital Center is a widely respected cancer program and it is certified by the American College of Surgeons as a comprehensive community cancer center.
Along with the hospital’s board-certified medical and radiation oncologists, the UHC medical team offers patients access to the latest in cancer treatment. That treatment, whether surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a combination, also involves careful tracking of a patient’s care and progress through a tumor registry system designed to study the effectiveness of treatment. UHC cancer patients also have access to clinical trials through the hospital’s affiliation with organizations such as the Cleveland Clinic and Allegheny Cancer Network.
The center encompasses a 16-bed nursing unit and a newly renovated Radiation Oncology Department housing state-of-the-art equipment. Other notable features of the program include community-wide cancer screenings, cancer education programs and support groups. Staffs from UHC’s Hospice department and the American Cancer Society are also actively involved in the program.
Hematology provides expert primary and consultative care for patients with a diverse spectrum of benign and malignant blood-related disorders. Clinical disorders may include: bone marrow failure disorders (aplastic anemia, paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, myelodyplastic syndromes, LGL leukemia, pure red cell aplasia), myeloproliferative disorders (polycthemia vera, essential thrombocytosis, chronic myeloid leukemia, systemic mastocytosis, myelofibrosis), coagulation disorders, sickle cell anemia, and a variety of other benign and malignant disorders.
The department of Radiation Oncology provides a number of specialized services designed to facilitate treatment and improve quality of life for patients with cancer.
This specialty collaborates with numerous other physician specialties, support groups, nutritional counseling and the common result of patient care.
To schedule an appointment or for more information call: (681) 342-1800
UHC Starts Breast Cancer Support Group
United Hospital Center would like to welcome you to our new breast cancer support group for survivors called Butterfly Kiss Support Group. The Cecil B. Highland, Jr. & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center wants to assure you that you are not alone; you have come to the right place for support, information and understanding.
This is an informal gathering for anyone who has ever been diagnosed with breast cancer. The focus of this meeting is to provide education, support and to share information and experiences.
Meetings will be held monthly on every third Monday at 5:30 p.m., in classroom four. Refreshments will be served. If you are interested in joining to share your feelings, concerns and any questions you may have, please call 681.342.1810.
Caregivers Support Group
Caregivers support group is a monthly opportunity to discuss the challenges of caring for someone with cancer. This support group is for cancer survivors, their families and caregivers coping with cancer, from the newly diagnosed to any sage of survivorship. We offer a lite lunch while we discuss ways to meet the daily psychological and physical challenges of cancer treatment. This is a chance to meet with the Cancer Navigators and others who have had similar experiences.
Meetings: Last Thursday of each month at noon in a UHC classroom (see the main hospital registration desk for classroom location).
For more information call: (681) 342-1793 or (681) 342-1796.
Look Good…Feel Better
The program is a free, national public service program that helps women cancer patients improve their appearance and self-image by teaching them hands on beauty techniques to manage the appearance side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
The Look Good…Feel Better program was founded and developed in 1989 by the Personal Care Products Council (at the time called the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, or CTFA), a charitable organization supported by the cosmetic industry, in cooperation with your American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Professional Beauty Association/National Cosmetology Association, or PBA/NCA a national organization that represents hairstylists, wig experts, estheticians, makeup artists, and other professionals in the cosmetic industry.
All cosmetology volunteers who are part of the program attend a 4-hour certification class to become a Look Good… Feel Better volunteer.
Look Good…Feel Better is free, non-medical, and salon and product neutral. Volunteers and program participants do not promote any cosmetic product line or manufacturer. All cosmetics used in the group program have been donated.
Volunteer beauty professionals lead small groups, usually about 6 to 10 women, through practical, hands-on experience. Women learn about makeup, skin care, nail care, and ways to deal with hair loss such as with wigs, turbans, and scarves. Each woman gets a free makeup kit to use during and after the workshop.
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Chapter 2: What is Cancer?
- Chapter 3: Cancer Treatment
- Chapter 4: Cancer Treatment: Surgery
- Chapter 5: Cancer Treatment: Chemotherapy
- Chapter 6: Cancer Treatment: Radiation Therapy
- Chapter 7: Pain Management
- Chapter 8: Rehabilitation Physical & Occupational Therapy
- Chapter 9: A Healthy Diet Helps
- Chapter 10: Communicating With Your UHC Medical Team
- Chapter 11: Leaving The Hospital
- Chapter 12: Advance Directives: Living Will & Medical Power of Attorney
- Chapter 13: Counseling & Support: For Cancer Patients & Families
- Chapter 14: A Tour of the UHC Cancer Center