Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
The WVU Healthcare system is comprised of health facilities and practices offering a variety of services for patients in West Virginia. The Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center is a part of the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center at the West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown, WV. MBRCC is nationally recognized for its exceptional healthcare in cancer treatment, prevention, and research. The center is a clinical trial site that has national recognition for research focused in lung, breast, prostate, and colon/rectal cancer.
The American College of Surgeons Commissions on Cancer has awarded the cancer center for their success in patient care and support since 1981. A multidisciplinary team of physicians, researchers, and other healthcare experts collaborate to devise treatment plans that are individualized to best suit each patient and to achieve the most favorable results. Physicians base their plan of action on factors such as diagnosis, staging, and test results.
The Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center is named after Mary Katherine Babb, the wife of U.S. Senator Jennings Randolph. Mary passed away from colon cancer and left a legacy of philanthropy revolved around handicapped and underprivileged children. Her efforts and generosity towards helping individuals in need is represented through the committed care at the cancer center.
In 1960, the original hospital was constructed to serve the community. The facility now serves as the academic teaching facility at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center at West Virginia University. Construction of the 500,000 square-foot, Ruby Memorial Hospital began in 1988. The facility served as a center for West Virginia University School of Medicine’s clinical education and research. In April of 2009, a major renovation with a multi-million dollar expansion was completed to provide approximately 87,000 square feet of patient care services and research for the community.
Mesothelioma Treatment at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center
The Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, affiliated with the West Virginia University healthcare system, offers an extensive thoracic surgery department. The board-certified thoracic surgeons are specially trained to perform various surgical procedures for mesothelioma and several thoracic cancers and diseases. These experts perform minimally invasive procedures using video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). Olusola Oduntan, M.D is one of the highly skilled cardiothoracic surgeons in the department. Oduntan’s specializes in lung and esophageal cancer, minimally invasive thoracic surgery, oncology, thoracic oncology, thoracic surgery, and VATS at the Mary Babb Cancer Center and the Ruby Memorial Hospital.
The Sara Crile Allen and James Frederick Allen Comprehensive Lung Cancer Program offered at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center is part of the West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. Specialists from cardiothoracic surgery, medical oncology, pulmonary medicine, radiation oncology, diagnostic radiology and pathology utilize their expertise to care for patients with various lung diseases. The multidisciplinary team use invasive and noninvasive diagnostic procedures and treatments based on each patient’s medical needs. PET/CT imaging is used to diagnose and present an accurate prognosis. The aggressive treatments that are offered by these lung cancer specialists have improved the overall success rate for cured patients.
Patients may be referred to the program during any stage of their disease followed by a comprehensive consultation. Support services are available for patients and their families to help them cope with their current health condition including pulmonary rehabilitation, nutritional advice, and financial aid. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with a form of lung disease, including mesothelioma, and are interested in receiving further information on this comprehensive lung cancer program, please contact the Lung Cancer Program at 304-293-4980.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
West Virginia University Healthcare Website -Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.
West Virginia University Healthcare Website -The Sara Crile Allen and James Frederick Allen Comprehensive Lung Cancer Program.
West Virginia University Healthcare Website -Thoracic Surgery.