United Hospital Center collaborates with WVU Cancer Institute on expanding bridge program


United Hospital Center has been developing programming focused around cancer survivorship and now will expand one of its programs. 

The Cecil B. Highland, Jr. and Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center, along with partnerships with the Cancer Institute and WVU Medicine, will expand the bridge program at UHC. 

Right now the program encompasses a gap in care for lung cancer survivors but hopes to expand its services to other cancers. 

“Cancer survivors have a lot of unmet needs that have not been looked at before and so we hope what we learn in the lung cancer survivorship program can translate into survivorship programs for other types of cancer like breast and prostate,” said Sara Jane Gainor, Co-Director of the Bridge Survivorship Program at WVU Cancer Institute. 

Right now, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in West Virginia. 

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