KRMC start Cancer Clinical Trials

Published by The Bee News

July 16, 2019

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Kingman, Arizona, July 15, 2019 – Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC) announced today that the KRMC Cancer Center is now conducting clinical trials for cancer patients, offering the only cancer clinical trials in Mohave County.

Clinical trials are studies that aim to find new cancer treatments and improve quality of life for those affected by cancer.

Through these trials, doctors look for new ways to diagnose, treat, and manage cancer – as well as ways to manage side effects of treatment.

To conduct the clinical trials, the Cancer Center has partnered with the National Cancer Institute’s Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP).

“NCORP is a great way for community cancer centers to access the types of clinical trials you might otherwise find only in larger cities or university hospitals,” said Dr. Edgardo Rivera, Medical Oncologist at KRMC’s Cancer Center.

Prior to coming to Kingman, Dr. Rivera conducted cancer research and studies at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas – the top ranked cancer center in the United States.

“Dr. Rivera’s expertise has been instrumental in bringing clinical trials to our area, and we are excited to offer these options to our patients,” said Lisa Pickering, Clinical Trials Coordinator.

Clinical trials can benefit both current and future patients. Participants gain access to some of the most advanced treatment options available. For patients with hard-to-treat cancers or cancer that hasn’t responded to other treatments, clinical trials can offer alternatives.

The Cancer Center will begin with four separate studies for the following conditions:

  1. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  2. Triple-negative breast cancer
  3. Prostate cancer
  4. Melanoma

Some studies are indicated only for patients who have already tried certain types of treatment without success. The Cancer Center will begin screening patients for eligibility on July 15, 2019 and will add different studies as the program moves forward.

For more information, contact the KRMC Cancer Center’s Clinical Trials Coordinator, Lisa Pickering, at 928-263-3385.

About Kingman Regional Medical Center

(KRMC) is a 235-bed multi-campus health care system in Kingman, Arizona that employs over 1,900 employees, 150 volunteers, and 270 physicians/allied health professionals. KRMC is the largest provider of health and wellness services in northwestern Arizona. It is home to an advanced imaging center, cancer center, cardiovascular center, rehabilitation and balance center, wound care center, sleep disorders center, acute rehabilitation specialty hospital, primary and specialty care clinics, hospice home, and beautiful wellness center. KRMC is also a teaching hospital offering residencies in emergency medicine and family medicine and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The hospital received the Arizona Innovation Award for its efforts to proactively enhance healthcare in a rural community. The hospital’s vision is to provide the region’s best clinical care and patient service through an environment that fosters respect for others and pride in performance.

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