Edwards Cancer Center at CMC-Union Works with Levine Cancer Institute to Offer Clinical Trials
July 6, 2011
Carolinas Medical Center-Union announced today it will work with Levine Cancer Institute to offer access to national and international clinical trials, bringing a higher level of cancer care to Union County patients.
These clinical trials will allow researchers to test new drugs or combinations of drugs, and new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy. The first trials offered at CMC-Union’s Edwards Cancer Center are National Cancer Institute-sponsored trials to investigate new colorectal and lung cancer treatments. The trials will be locally supervised by medical oncologists Gregory Brouse, MD, and Earle Burgess, MD, who have expertise in the treatment and management of cancer.
“We are pleased to add clinical trials to our menu of cancer services,” said Dr. Brouse of Carolinas Cancer Associates (a branch of Mecklenburg Medical Group). “Union County has grown significantly over the years, and we believe that this enhancement will enable us to serve the people of this community better and more conveniently.”
“We are excited to collaborate with our colleagues at Levine Cancer Institute to aid in the investigation of new cancer treatments that have the potential to improve patient outcomes,” said Michael Lutes, President of CMC-Union. “We look forward to growing this relationship in the future.”
Levine Cancer Institute’s mission is to expand community-based care and promote collaboration on research, clinical trials, preventative strategies and best practices throughout the Carolinas, according to Derek Raghavan, MD, PhD, Institute President. The Institute currently has more than 300 clinical trials open for patients with adult and pediatric cancers. As it expands its activities, Dr. Raghavan anticipates “participating in even more clinical trials to bring advances in cancer care to Carolinas HealthCare System patients more quickly.”
Sandy Pollock, RN, is the research nurse who assists physicians to enroll and manage patients on clinical trials at Edwards Cancer Center. She says, “One of the benefits of these trials is that if a new treatment proves effective, patients in the study are among the first to benefit.”
For more information about the clinical trials program at Edwards Cancer Center, call 704-225-2418.