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At the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center, the physicians who use surgery to treat cancer are advancing their specialties by using state-of-the-art techniques while providing patients comprehensive care through outreach and personal attention.

Since opening in January 2006 on the campus of Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Marshall University Medical Center, the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center (ECCC) has been a cancer center chosen by countless patients diagnosed with a wide ran ge of cancers. Among the options for patients seeking the comprehensive approach have been surgical treatments that resulted in extended lives and changed outlooks.

With specialists who have honed their medical skills through fellowships specific to cancers that affect the head and neck, prostate, breast, female reproductive tract and bones, the cancer surgeons at the ECCC are also faculty members at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University and are among the region’s most experienced and qualified.

Now, as oncologists continually seek advances in treatment for their patients, the ECCC is preparing to answer those needs with a new home for Surgical Oncology. Construction is nearly complete on a second floor addition to the nearly three-year-old cancer center that will provide physicians with more work space and patients more treatment and waiting areas. The new area will prepare the ECCC and the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine for the future technologies and procedures ahead for surgical oncology and will make more of those available in Huntington.

A breast cancer diagnosis is an anxious and stress-filled time for patients who can take many paths toward treating their cancer. At the ECCC and Marshall University, education and outreach programs help prepare patients for what to expect, what course is best and in identifying problems earlier in the course of the disease.

Using state-of-the-art MRI technology, breast cancer diagnostic services are being taken to a new level. Cabell Huntington has also added a second MRI machine to further the capabilities for breast imaging. The ECCC uses only digital mammogram technology and Drs. McKinney and Traylor also perform stereotactic and digital ultrasound and core biopsies in the center. Dr. McKinney also performs MammoSite balloon placement for breast cancer treatment and mediport placements for chemotherapy infusion.

Breast cancer patients also become a part of a special community at the ECCC because each of the three nurses in the Comprehensive Breast Center is a certified Breast Health Navigator. These nurses walk patients through breast cancer diagnosis, treatments and recovery with personal support and guidance. And each month, patients get help coping with their disease at the Sisters of Hope support group.

For women who experience the frightening prospect of a gynecologic malignancy, the ECCC’s Gynecologic Oncology Program is directed by Gerard Oakley, MD, who was fellowship-trained at the University of Minnesota and is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

“One of the methods we use is to bring the opportunities for education and screening to women,” Dr. Oakley said. “We are involved in projects that get women who may not have normally been screened that opportunity at no cost or at a low cost.”

Jensen is among the country’s most experienced robotic surgeons, and has performed more than 500 robotic prostatectomies in his career. His work since his arrival at the ECCC in 2006 with the minimally invasive, robotic surgery platform has helped hundreds of men from around the country beat prostate cancer and quickly return to their normal lives following diagnosis.

Each year, Dr. Jensen assists with a free prostate screening event at Cabell Huntington Hospital that screens hundreds of men during a single day. Many times, those screenings have led to further testing that revealed prostate cancer in some men. Using the daVinci® Surgical System, Dr. Jensen has removed cancerous prostates from men who discovered they had the disease through screening.