WVU Cancer Center receives two grants from Susan G. Komen for the Cure

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded the West Virginia University Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center two grants aimed at reducing the rate of breast cancer in West Virginia.  Both will support the continued development of the Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program.

A $24,500 one-year grant will be used to educate and train physicians and healthcare professionals across the state on how to support a statewide clinical trials network.  The Cancer Center initiative, which brings community physicians, administrators and other healthcare providers together as partners to improve cancer care in West Virginia, is in the formative stages, and needs organizational structure to accomplish its mission.  To date, Wheeling Hospital, United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, Charleston Area Medical Center and WVUH-East City Hospital in Martinsburg are partners with WVU in the network. 

“We are very grateful to the West Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure for its ongoing support of the statewide clinical trials network,” said Jame Abraham, M.D., section chief of Hematology/Oncology at WVU and the Bonnie Wells Wilson Distinguished Professor and Eminent Scholar in Breast Cancer Research.  “With Komen’s help, we will further establish a network unique to our state and maximize efforts to fight breast cancer through Bonnie’s Bus, our mobile mammography program.”

Bonnie’s Bus, made possible by the generosity of Jo and Ben Statler, not only provides digital mobile mammography screening to women in medically underserved parts of the state, but also provides them access to clinical trials.

“Thanks to our strong partnership with Komen, we are setting the foundation to improved healthcare for women throughout West Virginia,” said Scot C. Remick, M.D., director of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.  “As Bonnie’s Bus begins its second year on the road this spring, we are focusing attention on those communities where breast cancer mortality rates are highest.  We are on a life-saving mission to provide access to state-of-the-art mammography screening and promising new therapies available through the statewide clinical trials network.”

An additional $35,000 one-year grant from the state Komen affiliate will provide financial support for mammography screening on Bonnie’s Bus and for hiring a patient navigator who will work individually with women who visit the bus to ensure those with certain screening results receive follow-up care from their local healthcare providers.  The patient navigator will also track follow-up care.

 “We are very appreciative of this support from Komen,” Susan Faulkner, Ed.D., associate director for research at the Cancer Center, said.  “In addition to making it easier for more women to receive mammography screening, the grant will also provide them with one-on-one help with maintaining proper breast health care.”

The West Virginia affiliate of Komen has been a strong advocate of WVU’s efforts to fight breast cancer mortality in the state.  It provided funding to identify areas in West Virginia where breast cancer deaths are highest and supported the roll-out of Bonnie’s Bus last year.

The national organization of Komen also supports the development of a statewide clinical trials network and Bonnie’s Bus.


For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
ss: 03-25-10

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