Cancer. The word itself is life-changing.

For patients and families, their lives are divided into distinct parts: the time before a cancer diagnosis and the time after. At the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center (MBRCC), we also understand cancer as a geographic division; West Virginia has the fourth highest cancer mortality rate in the nation. Certain cancers—breast, lung, and cervical—are disproportionately higher among our residents.

Our ultimate goal is to make these differences disappear. That’s why the MBRCC is expanding research. We are recruiting the best physicians, clinicians, and scientists, and we have aligned our research priorities based on West Virginia’s cancer burden.

Our priorities are clearly defined, and they will help us achieve National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation. Becoming a designated center would greatly benefit all West Virginians. These centers are conduits for moving discoveries from the bench to the bedside, allowing patients faster access to the most promising cancer treatments. Mortality rates for patients treated at NCI-designated centers are 25 percent lower than average. They attract more funding, as well as top clinicians and scientists.

Fulfilling this vision will require bringing many minds together for the good of West Virginia. Because cancer is now the leading cause of death worldwide, the discoveries made here hold promise to ease suffering and extend lives far beyond our state’s borders.

The Trajectory of Success

The Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center is West Virginia’s premier cancer facility, nationally recognized as a leader in patient care, research, and education. We offer a growing number of clinical trials focused on cancers common in West Virginia.

Our multidisciplinary teams of physicians, researchers, and other healthcare experts work together to develop individualized treatment plans, combining standard approaches and cutting-edge alternatives through clinical trials.

The MBRCC encompasses the Osborn Hematopoietic Malignancy and Transplantation Program, West Virginia’s only blood and marrow transplant service, as well as nationally recognized laboratory based research. Our accredited Breast Cancer Program incorporates a wide-ranging approach to breast health and research, which includes the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center. Our services also include the Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program, known as Bonnie’s Bus, which delivers advanced digital mammography to underserved communities throughout West Virginia.

Recent groundbreaking research conducted at the center includes the discovery of a link between lung cancer and arsenic exposure as well as research showing that adding physical activity to teen tobacco cessation programs enhances success. A new 3-D breast scanning system, developed at WVU, shows potential for reshaping both the diagnosis and treatment of difficult-to-detect breast lesions. The MBRCC is recognized by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer for providing the best in cancer care.

These achievements clearly indicate that WVU is playing a key role in advancing the fight against cancer. But we can’t do it alone. Support from committed friends like you is crucial as we work toward becoming West Virginia’s first NCI-designated cancer center. A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University is the means by which we can rally together to achieve this goal.

Priorities for Tomorrow

Through this campaign, we seek support from you—grateful patients and concerned citizens who share our vision of bringing the best in cancer care and research outcomes to the people of West Virginia. We have identified several key priorities to help achieve this vision and we ask you to consider investing in them.

  • Endowed Faculty Positions
  • Program Expansion
  • Opportunity Funds
  • Facilities Upgrade

To learn more about these funding priorities download the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center campaign brochure or contact James Kimbrough at 304-293-8604 or Jaime Good at 304-293-4597 . To learn more about the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center visit