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KRMC WL Nugent Cancer Center enrolls patients in first local clinical trials

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December 14, 2020

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KRMC WL Nugent Cancer Center enrolls patients in first local clinical trials

Kingman, Arizona, December 14, 2020 – KRMC’s WL Nugent Cancer Center has enrolled its first patients in clinical trials for cancer treatment. The WL Nugent Cancer Center is the only cancer treatment center in Mohave County to offer clinical trials. Our facility is partnered with the National Cancer Institute’s Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), a national network dedicated to bringing cancer clinical trials to people in their own communities. Clinical trials are scientific studies that evaluate the effectiveness of new medical treatments, which can include:
• New drugs that have not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
• New uses for drugs that are already approved
• New technologies, e.g. a new type of radiation therapy
• New ways to combine treatments

 WL Nugent Cancer Center currently has patients enrolled in the following trials:
 A trial to test the benefits of combining medications for the treatment of advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the skin
 A trial to test the benefit of supplementing treatment with vitamin D3 in patients with previously untreated metastatic colorectal cancer
 A trial to track the long-term effects of COVID-19 infection on cancer patients ;Cancer does not stop for COVID-19,” said Diana Lalitsasivimol, PhD Clinical Research Administrator. “Despite the challenges of running clinical trials in the middle of a pandemic, we felt an obligation to bring our patients the latest clinical advancements in cancer management, prevention, screening, and cancer care delivery.” Because Mohave County is a medically underserved area, availability of the newest cancer therapies is especially important.

“Geographic diversity is essential, as rural communities face disadvantages in access to public health programs and services compared with urban settings. Thanks to our collaboration with NCRF NCORP, we can offer our patients access to cutting-edge research in their own community hospital,
said Dr. Lalitsasivimol. To learn more about clinical trials at the WL Nugent Cancer Center and see a list of active trials, visit
azkrmc.com/cancer-clinical-trials.

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 329 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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