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United Hospital Center Hosts Cancer Survivorship Program

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United Hospital Center hosted a program on Wednesday for cancer survivors.

The program aims to provide services for any cancer survivor, whether they were diagnosed two weeks ago, or two years ago.

"Today is a program called 'its all about you' and its an annual event that we celebrate cancer survivorship. We stay very close to patients during diagnosis and treatment but after diagnosis and treatment patients often develop symptoms or needs," said Linda Carte, the director of oncology at UHC.

To help meet those needs United Hospital Center developed the "It's All About You - Cancer Survivorship Program," which takes a holistic approach to treating cancer.

"We provide nutritional needs, strengthening after the diagnosis of cancer, talking a little bit about outward appearance because cancer and treatments can change outward appearance," explained Carte.

The American Cancer Society was on hand Wednesday to teach patients how to create turbans out of t-shirts and also offered makeup tips.

"It's All About You" also let people know about the Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation Program, or STAR, that UHC was just certified for.

"We were the first hospital in West Virginia to be approved by Oncology Rehab Partners to be able to provide cancer rehab to cancer patients," said Ginny Vincent, with United Rehab.

The STAR program will add to the existing rehab services the hospital offers.

"Most patients after they have gone through extensive cancer treatment fight illnesses such as pain, fatigue, weakness, and they're not really sure what the next step is. The STAR program does just that. It offers a program that will address any ailments that you might have following those cancer treatments," Vincent explained.

For more information on the STAR Program click here.