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Cancer Center Without Walls Provides Patient Care to Rural Areas

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The University of Virginia wants more people in Southwest Virginia to benefit from its cancer center with a program they are calling 'Cancer Center Without Walls.'  

UVA wants their cancer center to benefit those who do not live near their hospital. The idea of the program is to create a network of care across Virginia. They will be partnering with physicians across Virginia and providing the same training medical professionals at UVA receive.

Michael Weber, the director of the UVA Cancer Center, says the best cancer care requires teamwork. He says it is hard for those teams to exist in the countryside and other rural areas.   

Weber says their goal is to train people living in rural communities to take on new responsibilities with their training.

"Someone might have to come to UVA initially and for some follow up visits, but the real care will be done in the community to the extent that's possible, and the diagnostic things will also be done over telemedicine," he said.

UVA will be sending patient navigators to Southwest Virginia to provide the medical training.

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