A range of clinical trails will be offered to cancer patients in Western Colorado through a new collaborative effort.
“All cancer treatments in place today began as a clinical trial. Bringing these clinical trials to our region means identifying better ways to treat cancer, to detect cancers earlier when they are easiest to treat and wherever possible, to prevent cancers outright,” said Dr. Sudy Jahangiri, medical oncologist at Community Hospital Grand Valley Oncology in Grand Junction.
Physicians at Grand Valley Oncology will work with the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah to identify opportunities for patients to participate in trials.
Dr. Theresa Werner, medical director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute clinical trials office and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Utah, said the collaboration is possible because Grand Valley Oncology meets the high clinical care standards required for conducting trials. “This type of collaboration brings HCI’s robust infrastructure and expertise in clinical trials to hundreds of new cancer patients. We look forward to working closely with the Grand Valley Oncology physicians.”
The Huntsman Cancer Institute participates in the National Cancer Institute National Clinical Trials Network and efforts to promote clinical cancer research to improve cancer care and cancer prevention strategies. The NCTN helps to promote clinical trials in academic institutions as well as the community and also helps train clinical researchers to conduct trials.
The Huntsman Cancer Institute is one of only 30 institutions in the nation that serves as a national lead academic partnering site. To receive this designation, the institute had to demonstrate its ability to enroll patients in trials as well as design and conduct trials.
The institute enrolls about 14 percent of patients annually in clinical trials compared to an average of about 2 percent to 4 percent at hospitals nationwide.
For more information about services offered at Community Hospital Grand Valley Oncology, call 254-3180 or visit www.grandvalleyoncology.com.