08/10/2007

WVU Coordinates First Ever Statewide Meeting of Cancer Physicians
 Scot Remick, MD  Jame Abraham, MD

  Cancer physicians from across West Virginia joined their colleagues at the inaugural West Virginia State Oncology meeting, which united 80 percent of the state’s cancer leaders.

The meeting took place July 20 at the Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, W.Va.  It offered an opportunity for discussion and collaboration regarding cancer care.

“West Virginia has the fifth highest cancer mortality rate in the nation,” said Jame Abraham, M.D., section chief of Hematology/Oncology at West Virginia University and event organizer.  “It is important for cancer specialists  from all corners of the state to work together to lessen the impact of cancer on West Virginians.”

“We need to build networks,” said Scot Remick, M.D., director of WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.  “If we all get involved, together we can make a difference.”

The event coincided with Dr. Remick’s second day on the job.  For meeting attendees, it also marked the beginning of promising new collaborations that could ultimately benefit patients.

“We want to take away from this meeting an enthusiasm for clinical, education and research collaborations,” Remick said.  “Our intent is to create an environment throughout the state for interactions, relationships, and partnerships that may entail shared practice and educational and research interests.”

MBRCC collaborative projects are already showing success in hospitals such as City Hospital, part of WVU Hospitals-East, which offers clinical trials for cancer patients in the Eastern Panhandle.

For more information on the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, visit www.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/.

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Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
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