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§16-5A-1. Cancer control.

The director of the state department of health shall execute and administer the provisions of this article relating to the diagnosis, treatment and care of persons suffering from cancer. The director shall have authority to direct, control, govern and provide for the management of any state institution for the care and treatment of cancer patients which may hereafter be created by law.

§16-5A-2. Educational program.

The director shall formulate and put into effect throughout the state an educational program for the purpose of preventing cancer and of aiding in its early diagnosis, and for the purpose of giving information to hospitals and cancer patients concerning the proper treatment. In furtherance of this program, the director may assist and cooperate with any state or national organization conducting an educational program for the prevention of cancer.

§16-5A-2a. Cancer and tumor registry.

(a) To the extent funds are available, the director of the division of health shall establish a cancer and tumor registry for the purpose of collecting information concerning the incidence of cancer and nonmalignant intracranial and central nervous system tumors. The information collected by the registry shall be analyzed to prepare reports and perform studies as necessary when such data identifies hazards to public health. Pending appropriate funding, a statewide system shall be phased in and be fully operational by July 1, 2002, pursuant to the enactment of this section in 2001.

(b) All reporting sources, including hospitals, physicians, laboratories, clinics or other similar units diagnosing or providing treatment for cancer and nonmalignant intracranial and central nervous system tumors, shall provide a report of each cancer or tumor case to the cancer and tumor registry in a format specified by the director. The reporting sources shall grant the director or an authorized representative of the registry access to all records which would identify cases of cancer or nonmalignant intracranial and central nervous system tumors or would establish characteristics of cancer or nonmalignant intracranial or central nervous system tumors.

(c) All information reported pursuant to this section is confidential and shall be used for the purpose of determining the sources of malignant neoplasms and nonmalignant intracranial and central nervous system tumors and evaluating measures designed to eliminate, alleviate or ameliorate their effect. A report provided to the cancer and tumor registry disclosing the identity of an individual who was reported as having cancer or tumors shall only be released to reporting sources and persons demonstrating a need which is essential to health related research, except that the release shall be conditioned upon the reporting source and personal identities remaining confidential. No liability of any kind or character for damages or other relief shall arise or be enforced against any reporting source by reason of having provided the information or material to the cancer and tumor registry.

(d) The director of the division of health shall appoint an advisory committee on cancer and tumors with membership consisting of representatives of appropriate agencies, including the West Virginia hospital association; the American cancer society, West Virginia division; the American lung association of West Virginia; the West Virginia medical association; the association of osteopathic medicine; the West Virginia nurses association; the Mary Babb Randolph cancer center; and, at the discretion of the director, any other individuals directly involved. The advisory committee shall provide technical guidance regarding the operation of the cancer registry and shall provide such advice and assistance as needed to carry out effective cancer prevention and control activities. The members of the advisory committee shall serve four-year terms. Vacancies shall be filled in a like manner for the unexpired term.

(e) The director shall promulgate rules related to: (1) The content and design of all forms and reports required by this section; (2) the procedures for disclosure of information gathered by the cancer and tumor registry by monitoring and evaluating health data and from completed risk assessments; and (3) any other matter necessary to the administration of this section.

§16-5A-3. Establishment of clinics.

The director shall have authority to prescribe standard minimum requirements for the organization, equipment and conduct of cancer units or clinics in general hospitals of the state. The director shall establish and maintain, or aid in the establishment and maintenance of, a sufficient number of cancer diagnostic and treatment clinics meeting such requirements, so located that they are within reasonable traveling distance of any citizen of the state in need of treatment. In the establishment and operation of such clinics and in the fixing of such minimum requirements, the director shall consult and cooperate with the West Virginia state medical association.

In order to determine the progress of the disease and the success of the treatment being used, the director shall insofar as practicable provide a method for following up each case and bringing the patient back to the clinic at frequent intervals.

§16-5A-4. Tissue diagnostic service.

The director shall furnish, within the limits of available funds, free tissue diagnostic service to all needy patients. In providing this service the director may use either the state- owned laboratory in the department of health, or privately owned laboratories approved by the department.

§16-5A-5. Care of needy patients.

The board of health shall prescribe rules and regulations specifying to what extent and on what terms and conditions needy cancer patients may receive financial aid for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in any approved hospital in this state. The director is authorized to furnish aid, within the limits of available funds, to such patients and shall have the power to administer such aid in any manner which in his judgment will afford the greatest benefit to cancer patients throughout the state.

In determining whether a particular patient is entitled to such assistance the director may call upon the department of welfare for such investigation as may be required. In order to receive such aid, however, the patient need not qualify for public assistance as administered by the department of welfare.



Acts, 1997 Reg. Sess., Ch. 61.



Acts, 1997 Reg. Sess., Ch. 61.



Acts, 1997 Reg. Sess., Ch. 61.



Acts, 1997 Reg. Sess., Ch. 61.



Acts, 2013 Reg. Sess., Ch. 27.



Acts, 1997 Reg. Sess., Ch. 61.

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