American Cancer Society hosts event to discuss advances in cancer research

MARION COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV)-- Patients, survivors, medical professionals and others joined the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network to talk about the advances in cancer research.

The Cancer Action Network held a forum today and discussed the importance of cancer research and how to decrease the risk with public policies.

Not only did guest speakers talk about available resources, but the forum gives hope to patients who are currently fighting the disease.

"They're important to everybody around the world because they save lives. People with advanced cancer who we thought would be headed to hospice are now headed for cure. It's amazing to see that," Dr. Richard Goldberg, the Cancer Director for the WVU Cancer Institute.

Since West Virginia has a high number of cases, medical professionals and ambassadors say it's important to have resources available.

"The cancer network in West Virginia is very strong. Unfortunately, we have high incidents of cancer in this state. We want to make sure people understand that there are resources available to them and that they need to lean on their elected officials to make sure that those researchers and those trials get funded," said Rosemary Thomas, the State Lead Ambassador for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

You can find a link for more information to the right of this page.