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.

For more information concerning institutional review board and clinical research click here.

Peggy Johnson, RN, BSN
Peggy Johnson, RN, BSN

Patient navigation is another facet that keeps the “care” in cancer care at United Hospital Center. The addition of navigators ensures that all patients who receive cancer care at UHC will have a personal guide throughout the process of diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. Patient navigation is a proactive approach that has been proven to eliminate barriers and to assure timely diagnosis and treatment, keeping patients from falling through the cracks. Oncology navigators are special individuals who assist cancer patients in finding their way through the diagnosis, treatments, side effects, and fear.

Peggy Johnson, RN, BSN, clinical navigator for breast health and gynecological health, has been a navigator at UHC since March 2012, as a result of a grant provided by the National Breast Cancer Foundation. In 2016, two additional professionals were added — Gretchen Hennigan, RN, and Amber Shearer, RN, OCN. Thanks to a major legacy gift from the Cecil B. Highland, Jr. and Barbara B. Highland estate, cancer patients and their families have access to new, expanded resources for information.

Amber Shearer, RN, OCN
Amber Shearer, RN, OCN

“The patient navigation program plays an essential role at UHC to help patients and families throughout their cancer care and survivorship,” said Linda Carte, RN, MSN, AOCN, director of cancer services at UHC. “We are grateful to the Highland estate for their generosity and the fact that they see the tremendous value of the navigator program.” This gift will provide UHC with the most navigators of any cancer center in North Central West Virginia.

Patients are partnered with a navigator after a suspicious finding and throughout their individual course of diagnosis and care.

Shearer is the newest member of the navigator team, who will be working with lung and colon cancer patients, and Hennigan will assist patients with urological and hematologic cancers, as well as brain cancer. Both navigators will also work with other cancer patients as assigned. Hennigan has begun a Head and Neck Cancer Support Group that meets at 5:30 pm on the last Thursday of the month. Shearer has begun a Lung Cancer Support Group that meets at 5:30 pm on the first Tuesday of the month.

Their role as navigators has helped them to see the need for support group services. “The cancer experience can weigh heavily on the emotions and psychology of patients and their families,” said Hennigan.

Gretchen Hennigan, RN
Gretchen Hennigan, RN

Shearer added, “These support groups are for survivors, their families, and caregivers coping with cancer, from newly diagnosed to any stage of survivorship.”

This face-to-face support group provides an opportunity to take a break from your responsibilities and nurture your emotional and physical health. The purpose is to provide a time and space for patients and family members to discuss feelings, concerns, and attitudes in a caring atmosphere. These support groups will be facilitated by Hennigan and Shearer, as well as other members of the UHC care team. For more information, call 681-342-1793 or 681-342-1796.

Johnson says that she often hears from patients how happy they are to have a navigator with them throughout their cancer care. Johnson likes to think that any navigator’s role is to link patients and their families with the services and information they need, while providing the patient with care for individualized needs. Patient navigation assures the right care at the right time and by the right person, therefore increasing patient satisfaction.

Clinical research is available at the Cecil B. Highland, Jr. & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center at United Hospital Center (UHC) for a variety of different cancers. UHC collaborates with WVU Cancer Institute, for further information please go to www.wvctn.org.


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.


Radiation Oncology

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.

Group Workshops

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.

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