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United Hospital Cancer Center is recognized by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a Community Comprehensive Cancer Program for excellence in all areas. Cancer Center Specialists United Hospital Center’s board-certified medical and radiation oncology specialists diagnose and treat all forms of adult cancers. We provide specialized… Read More


Bone & Multiple Myeloma Cancer Facts & Symptoms

Bone Bone cancer is a result of a cancerous tumor that destroys bone tissue. Bone cancer is typically uncommon and can begin in any bone of the body. However, it tends to affect the long bones that make up the arms and legs. Researchers estimate 3,610 people… Read More

Digestive & Bowel Cancer Facts & Symptoms

Colorectal (digestive/bowel) cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. Deaths from colorectal cancer have decreased with the use of colonoscopies and fecal occult blood tests, which check for blood in the stool. The colon and the rectum are parts of the large… Read More

Female Specific Cancer Facts & Symptoms

Breast Breast cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that originate in the breast. In West Virginia alone, breast cancer makes up almost 30% of all female cancers. In the U.S., breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer among women after skin cancer. It… Read More

Head and Neck Cancer Facts & Symptoms

Researchers estimated that more than 65,630 men and women in this country would be diagnosed with head and neck cancers in 2020. Brain & Nervous System Whether tumors are benign or malignant, both need treatment due to the risk of growing and pressing on the brain. A… Read More


Lymphatic & Blood Cancer Facts & Symptoms

Researchers project 61,090 new cases of leukemia in 2021. Abnormal lymphocytes, a type of white blood cells that fight infection, become lymphoma cells, which multiply and collect in your lymph nodes. Hodgkin Disease and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma About half of the blood cancers that occur each year are… Read More

Male Specific Cancer Facts & Symptoms

Prostate cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Prostate Prostate cancer forms in the tissues of the prostate. It is the third most common cancer and sixth leading cause of death among men in the United States. A common indication of advanced… Read More

Melanoma Cancer Facts & Symptoms

An estimated 106,110 people will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2021. Melanoma often occurs in individuals that have a fair complexion, use tanning beds, or are exposed to other artificial and excessive natural light. 83.7% of melanoma cases are diagnosed at an early stage. Melanoma is… Read More

Nurse Navigators

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Organ Specific Cancer Facts & Symptoms

Pancreatic cancer is the 11th most common type of cancer in the U.S. Liver The liver helps to digest fat, makes substances to help the blood to clot, cleans toxins from blood, and stores sugar for energy. Alcohol and tobacco use, as well as hepatitis… Read More


Respiratory Cancer Facts & Symptoms

An estimated 238,340 people will be diagnosed with lung/bronchus cancer in 2023. Trachael Tracheal cancer is rare. If a tracheal tumor is affecting your breathing, you may need treatment such as internal radiotherapy or surgery to clear your trachea. Common Symptoms of Tracheal Cancer: Breathlessness Difficulty swallowing… Read More


Specific Cancers


At the United Hospital Center’s Cecil B. Highland, Jr. & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center, our patients inspire us with their courage when facing a cancer diagnosis. We’re proud of our patients and hope you enjoy their stories as much as we do. Read More


Cancer Treatments We Provide Surgical Approaches Surgery can be used in various parts of the cancer process, from biopsy for determining a diagnosis to curing cancer. Surgical removal depends on the type, size, location, grade, and stage of tumor as well as medical history. What to Expect… Read More


Adjusting to a Cancer Diagnosis

Oftentimes, when an individual receives a cancer diagnosis, their thoughts turn toward their future and what the end of their treatment might reveal. However, the real challenge can be the immediate adjustments that need to be made before and during treatment. However, the reality of the changes can be overwhelming,… Read More

Be Prepared for Sun Safety

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Every year we expose ourselves to the sun’s ultraviolet light, often without taking any necessary precautions. Sunburn is a never-ending battle, no matter the time of year. Without necessary sun protection, people leave themselves vulnerable to a number of complications. “Before you… Read More

Breast Cancer in Men

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer in men is 100 times less common than breast cancer in women. Each year, 2,600 men receive the news that they have a form of breast cancer. Of these, 440 will die from the disease. The lifetime risk of men developing… Read More

Breast Cancer Q & A

Salman S. Osman, MD, oncologist at the Cecil B. Highland, Jr. & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center at United Hospital Center What is important to know when it comes to breast cancer? Breast cancer is a disease which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast. Breast cancer… Read More

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the two greatest risk factors for developing breast cancer are being a woman and being over 50 years old. However, some people develop breast cancer without any known risk factors and others do not develop the disease despite having several of them. Read More

Chemotherapy and Pregnancy

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that one woman in 1,000 experiences cancer complications during her pregnancy. The most common types include breast, cervical, thyroid, and ovarian cancer as well as leukemia and lymphoma. If you or a loved one fall into this category, you may understandably feel anxious… Read More

Common Questions Caregivers Have during a Patient’s Cancer Treatment

The role of the caregiver for someone going through cancer treatment takes on new levels of responsibilities that may often feel overwhelming. The toll of frequent appointments, multiple medications and treatments, and the numerous life changes can isolate not only the patient, but also the caregiver as well. The Nurse… Read More

Does Alcohol Cause Cancer?

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), alcohol is the most common term used to describe ethyl alcohol or ethanol. Manufacturers add this chemical to beer, hard liquor, malt liquor, wine, and distilled spirits to produce a potentially intoxicating effect for people who drink one… Read More

Facts About Sunscreen

After an odd mixture of weather this winter and spring, summer is fast approaching as we turn our attention to protecting ourselves from the dangerous rays of the sun. Clothing choices play an important role in protecting our skin as it acts as a sunscreen. A long sleeved… Read More

Fertility After Cancer Treatment

Women and men who desire to have children in the future often have many questions about how cancer treatment will affect their fertility. The ability for a woman to get pregnant or a man to father a child depends on numerous factors, including the type of drugs used to treat… Read More

How Cancer Can Affect Our Emotions

The emotional toll that a cancer diagnosis can take on a patient can be just as devastating as the physical damage done by the cancer itself. Each patient reacts to their diagnosis in their own way, based on their own life experiences, their understanding of the situation, and their belief… Read More

Is Breast Reconstruction Covered By Insurance?

When you have breast cancer, your first concern is doing whatever is necessary to survive the disease. This can include the removal of one or both of your breasts. Some women are fine with having no breasts after surgery while others want to undergo reconstructive surgery as soon… Read More

Is There a Link Between Cancer and Using Deodorant?

You may have heard that using deodorant can increase the chances of developing cancer. Like most Americans, you probably use a daily regimen of deodorant or some form of antiperspirant. Deodorants mask the odor of underarm perspiration by stopping the formation of bacteria. Antiperspirants, however, decrease perspiration from the… Read More

Lung Cancer in West Virginia

Cancer happens when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. When this occurs in the lungs, it is called lung cancer. The lungs are a pair of cone-shaped breathing organs in the chest. The lungs bring oxygen into the body as you breathe in and release… Read More

Protect Your Skin from Ultraviolet (UV) Light

Ultraviolet (UV) rays are an invisible form of radiation that comes from the sun, tanning beds, and sunlamps. UV rays can penetrate and damage skin cells. Recommended by UHC Oncology, for more information please call 681-342-1763. Basal cell carcinoma begins in the basal cell layer of the skin. Squamous… Read More

Questions about Cancer Screenings and Tests

Cancer screenings increase the chance of spotting signs of early cancer development in an individual who would otherwise be showing no symptoms. Though it may be common to think, “cancer could never happen to me,” it is important to never leave your health to chance. Those with a family history… Read More

Real Men Wear Pink at United Hospital Center

This October, the Cecil B. Highland, Jr. and Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center at UHC has joined the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign to help save lives from breast cancer. All male, medical professionals with the Cecil B. Highland, Jr. and Barbara B. Highland Cancer… Read More

Surviving Cancer

What happens at the end of cancer treatment? Upon completion of cancer treatment, your physician will review the following: Prevention of new or recurrent cancers Prevention of late effects of cancer and treatment Routine testing for the return of a cancer (surveillance) Routine testing for new cancers (screening) Assessment and… Read More

Tips for Controlling Cancer-Related Pain

When you have cancer, pain can originate from a variety of sources. For example, you will likely experience pain if a tumor presses against nerves or surrounding tissue. Other common sources of pain include medical procedures such as a biopsy, post-surgical pain, and discomfort due to chemotherapy or radiation. Read More

UHC Adopts Innovative Imaging Agent to Improve Detection of Certain Bladder Cancers

Blue Light Cystoscopy (BLC™) with Cysview® may detect certain bladder cancer tumors more than the use of standard diagnostic technology. UHC is the only medical center in North Central West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania offering this technology. Bladder cancer is the sixth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United… Read More

UHC Launches Newsletter…We Hear You

United Hospital Center, located in Bridgeport, West Virginia, has launched a new e-newsletter series called We Hear You. By signing up to receive UHC news, the e-newsletter will be delivered to your email. The content provided in the We Hear You series is based on the feedback that we have… Read More

UHC Offers SpaceOARTM Hydrogel to Benefit Patients Undergoing Treatment for Prostate Cancer

SpaceOARTM Hydrogel is an option for men who undergo radiation treatment for prostate cancer. It acts as a spacer providing space between the rectum and the prostate, reducing radiation exposure to the rectum. It is injected into place before the start of radiation treatment. Patients may be awake or asleep… Read More

Understanding Family History and Risk Factors

Whether you have recently been diagnosed with cancer or are concerned about your risk, understanding your own family history is important. However, this requires a basic understanding of how genes work. The nucleus is at the center of almost every cell in your body. It is helpful to… Read More

United Hospital Center Participates in ACR Lung Cancer Screening Registry

Through voluntary participation, UHC compares its lung cancer screening performance to other facilities nationwide. These objective comparisons are used to advance our lung cancer screening practice, target specific areas for improvement, implement quality improvement programs, and improve patient care. Lung cancer is the leading cause of death for both… Read More

What Are the Symptoms of Skin Cancer?

A change in your skin is the most common sign of skin cancer. This could be a new growth, a sore that does not heal, or a change in a mole. Not all skin cancers look the same. Talk to your doctor if you notice changes in your skin such… Read More

What is A Certified Mastectomy Fitter

Every year, more than 230,000 women receive a breast cancer diagnosis. Surgical options will be discussed and many women will face an amputation of one or both breasts in addition to lengthy drug and radiation therapies. Certified mastectomy fitters play a special role in helping women feel whole again. Read More

What Is a Clinical Navigator for Breast Health?

A clinical navigator for breast health is a registered nurse (RN) who has extensive knowledge of breast diseases. This person provides valuable support and information to women concerned with the health of their breasts. “Some patients who see a clinical navigator for breast health have already received a breast… Read More

What is In Your Tote Bag?

To be fully prepared this summer, have a tote or back pack full of items that will protect your skin. Here is an easy tip to help make sure you and your family stay sun-safe. Get ready for summer with a tote bag full of different ways to protect your… Read More

What is the Difference Between Oral and IV Chemotherapy?

Most cancer treatment includes chemotherapy, a process that delivers strong drugs to your body to kill cancerous cells. You receive these drugs at regular intervals and for a specified length of time. Your doctor at UHC Cancer Center may recommend oral or IV chemotherapy based on your specific… Read More

What to Expect After Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy involves routinely putting strong drugs in your body to kill cancer cells. After each session, you may find yourself feeling fatigued and sore in addition to lacking an appetite, feeling nauseated, or having an upset stomach and diarrhea. Although these are normal side effects, not everyone experiences them. Read More

What You Need to Know About Lymphedema

By Ginny Vincent, MOTR/L, MLD/CDT, occupational therapist certified lymphedema therapist at UHC Removing lymph nodes is an important part of breast cancer treatment. This allows doctors to determine whether cancer has spread from its primary site. Lymphedema is an abnormal swelling that can develop in the arm, hand, breast,… Read More

When to Worry About Your Body’s Lumps and Bumps

When it comes to lumps and bumps that suddenly appear on your body, the good news is that it is nothing to worry about in most cases. This is especially true when the lump or bump is soft, moves or changes form when you touch… Read More

Why Are Men More Susceptible to Skin Cancer?

Men, especially those with lighter skin, are more likely than women to acquire skin cancer, including melanoma—the deadliest form of skin cancer. When you think about sun protection, you might think about a day at the beach. However, over your lifetime, you get sun exposure doing everyday things like… Read More