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Softee Camisoles, Spirited Sisters robes and soft blankets with the Driving Fore a Cure logo are provided to mastectomy patients by Ohio Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Inc. The annual Driving Fore a Cure golf tournament at Oglebay Park is the nonprofit organization’s major fundraiser.

Helping Other Women Drives Breast Cancer Survivor

WHEELING — “What Drives You” is the theme for this year’s Driving Fore a Cure golf tournament organized by Ohio Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Inc. It’s easy to see what drives Kathy Blass, the organization’s founder and president. As a breast cancer survivor, she is set firmly on ...


Survivor Gives Back

MOUNDSVILLE — Patricia Weinschenker of Moundsville became involved with Marshall County Relay for Life almost two decades ago. At the time, she didn’t know how much that mission would later impact her on a personal level. After a routine mammogram appointment in November 2010, she ...

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Ohio Valley Medical Center registered nurses Kyla Morris, left,  and Jane Kessler are breast cancer survivors.

The Women Behind the Ribbon

WHEELING — It was a beautiful, warm July day as then 34-year-old Kyla Morris was dressing to go to work as a registered nurse at Ohio Valley Medical Center. As she was snapping her bra, she felt pain. Curious, she felt deeper and discovered a small, pea-sized lump. “There’s no way ...

Debby Radosevich, a cancer patient navigator at Wheeling Hospital, coordinates the           “Bosom Buddies” free discussion series that meets monthly at the hospital. The group is open to all women living with breast cancer, either newly diagnosed or survivors.

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Discussion Series Provides Valuable Support for Survivors

WHEELING — Education and empathy are bywords for the “Bosom Buddies” discussion series held monthly at Wheeling Hospital. The next session in the free series will be held in the hospital’s conference room D at 5 p.m. Oct. 18. This month’s meeting will feature a “Celebration of ...

Less is More

Why Treating Breast Cancer With Less May Be More

Women with breast cancer have long faced complicated choices about the best course of treatment. One particular concern has been the daily radiation therapy many women with breast cancer receive for six weeks after surgery. This form of therapy, also known as conventionally fractionated ...

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Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department registered nurse Maggie Sall displays several brochures regarding breast cancer awareness that the department can provide to clients.

Early Detection Is Critical In Fight Against Breast Cancer

WHEELING — Early detection is critical when it comes to the fight against breast cancer, according to local and national health care officials. Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department registered nurse Becky Beckett said early detection means everything. “We always tell women ...

WVU Cancer Institute Breast Care Program Among Best

MORGANTOWN — The Comprehensive Breast Care Program at the WVU Cancer Institute has again been granted a full three-year accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. This is the breast care ...

Part of Cathy Northcraft’s support group through her battle with breast cancer was her “work family” at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia. From left are former U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld, Amy Pramesa of Saint John’s Home, Northcraft and Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Vogrin.  

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Survivor: Proactive Approach Needed In Fight Against Breast Cancer

WHEELING — Cathy Northcraft began her battle with cancer long before her first diagnosis in 2000. Her mother fought for five years with the disease before passing away while Northcraft was still a young girl. Northcraft received her diagnosis in 2000 during a follow-up appointment after ...

Breast                cancer           survivor Frankie Carnes, left, celebrates    life with her             husband,           former Ohio Sen. Jim Carnes, R-St. Clairsville.

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Carnes Is a Survivor

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — It has been more than 12 years since St. Clairsville resident Frankie Carnes was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she knows the value of hope — and, yes, tea — in finding solace during difficult situations. Carnes has remained cancer-free since being treated in 2005. ...

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Registered nurse Cindy Wade displays breast cancer awareness materials in a patient room at Wheeling Health Right.

Health Right Assists With Screening Most Vulnerable

WHEELING — Even for many people with health insurance, preventive care — such as a mammogram — falls by the wayside as families with limited income struggle to pay for basic necessities. That’s where clinics such as Wheeling Health Right come in. Registered nurse Cindy Wade said ...