Progress in advanced prostate cancer treatment

The results of this study, which included Wheeling Hospital's own Dr Greg Merrick, show promising treatment guidelines for men diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. Please copy & paste the URL below into your web browser to view more details. 

http://www.wtrf.com/news/health/new-study-shows-hope-for-prostate-cancer-patients/1014024483

According to the article, posted on WTRF website March 6,2018: 

"Wheeling Hospital has announced that they've been part of a groundbreaking study published Tuesday in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study reveals hope for a situation that used to be considered hopeless, specifically for men with the most aggressive type of prostate cancer: Gleason 9 or 10.

Wheeling Hospital's Dr. Gregory Merrick was invited to participate in the study with a team of world renowned prostate cancer experts.

"And even when you have really aggressive cancer, which at one time was thought to be uniformly fatal, we now know it's not. And with all three treatments, patients have done much better than what they did historically. But I think this is clear evidence that brachytherapy has the absolute best cure rate," said Dr. Gregory Merrick, Schiffler Cancer Center Director.

Brachytherapy involves placing radioactive seeds at the site of the cancer.

It allows higher doses of radiation to go to the precise areas where it is needed.

Researchers studied how patients fared with bracytherapy, radical prostatectomy, or external beam radiation therapy.

The study concluded that brachytherapy is the most effective among treatment options.

The other hospitals involved in the study include John Hopkins, Harvard, the Cleveland Clinic, the University of Michigan, UCLA, Mount Sinai, and more."

 

 

September 2016 : Partnership Established with High Schools Across the Eastern Region of the Mountain State

 It is the hope of Bob’s Wish to help spread the word on prostate cancer in much the same way as pink has become a symbol of the fight against breast cancer. Our 2016 goal was to help establish a partnership with high schools across the Eastern region of the Mountain State to help endorse prostate cancer awareness during boys football athletic events. These Bob’s Wish blue ribbons were visible on nearly a dozen area high school football helmets. Our hope is to eventually increase this to all high school football teams in the state of WV.

Brooke High School - Brooke County

Brooke High School - Brooke County

Wheeling Park High School - Ohio County

Wheeling Park High School - Ohio County

The Intelligencer : September 14, 2014 : Salvation Army Dedicates New Beds

The Salvation Army in Wheeling held a dedication ceremony recently after receiving 35 new beds for shelter facility.

Thanks to the generosity of the Wildpret family and the First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ in Wheeling, the beds were purchased for the shelter, said Maj. John Blevins of the Salvation Army.

At the ceremony, plaques were presented by Blevins in memory of Bob Wildpret who was the Salvation Army’s Advisory Board chairman from 2008-2012.

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Your Ohio Valley : September 7, 2014 : Proclamation Made: September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in West Virginia

Posted: Sep 04, 2014 4:19 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 07, 2014 4:19 AM EDT

A proclamation ceremony was held Wednesday evening in Warwood's Garden Park designating September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in West Virginia.

Organizers of "Bob's Wish"  worked to make this happen.  

They say the proclamation is a huge step in bringing awareness to prostate cancer in the town and across the state.They say the three main factors are age, family history and race.

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Dr James Comerci, master of ceremonies, Reverend David Bruce and Bob’s wife, Joan Wildpret. 

Dr James Comerci, master of ceremonies, Reverend David Bruce and Bob’s wife, Joan Wildpret. 

Large crowd gathered for the declaration ceremony.

Large crowd gathered for the declaration ceremony.

Mrs. Joan Wildpret speaking to the crowd gathered about a new initiative with WVU to expand research and diagnostic options for prostate cancer. 

Mrs. Joan Wildpret speaking to the crowd gathered about a new initiative with WVU to expand research and diagnostic options for prostate cancer. 

WV Delegate Erikka Storch

WV Delegate Erikka Storch

Past Wheeling Salvation Army Major John Blevins. Bob was the president of the board of the Wheeling Salvation Army at the time of his death. 

Past Wheeling Salvation Army Major John Blevins. Bob was the president of the board of the Wheeling Salvation Army at the time of his death. 

Your Ohio Valley : September 7, 2013 : "Bob's Wish" Continues to Spread Local Awareness of Prostate Cancer

Posted: Sep 04, 2013 11:33 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 07, 2013 11:33 AM EDT

September is national prostate cancer awareness month, and right here in Wheeling, one local woman is doing her part to continue to spread awareness and hope with "Bob's Wish." 

Joan Wildpret works to fulfill her late husband Bob's wish with his "Globes of Hope."
  
The blue globes can be seen hanging in Warwood's Garden Park and across neighborhoods around the Ohio Valley, all working to spark conversation on a topic a lot of men may shy away from but is very important.

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Your Ohio Valley, November 21, 2012 : "Globes of Hope" tree lighting held Sunday in Warwood

Posted: Nov 18, 2012 9:20 PM EST
Updated: Nov 21, 2012 9:20 PM EST

Family and friends gathered Sunday evening at Warwood's Garden Park to remember the life of Bob Wildpret, who died of aggressive prostate cancer, but that wasn't all they were doing.

The "Globes of Hope" tree was lit after months of planning came together.

The goal of the tree is to help spread awareness and promote education about the signs and symptoms of aggressive and non-aggressive prostrate cancer.

Bob's wife, Joan, had the honor of lighting the tree that will remain lit through the winter months. 

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