Thursday, December 4, 2014

Cancer Clinical trials #s, Cancer patients will watch research and vice versa

Ohio State University (OSU) Wexner Medical Center is getting a new cancer center, already popularly known as The James. The center is expected to open December 15. 

The headline of the Modern Healthcare article:  OSU puts researchers face-to-face with cancer patients, tells the story perfectly. 

It refers to one amazing new development: glassed-in research centers "on every patient floor" so patients will see real research in progress.

Since these researchers are not in ivory towers, but in glass labs, they will see the patients suffering with effects of, and existing treatments for, cancers that need research done well, and soon.

Also in the article are figures on clinical trials from Dr. David Schuller of OSU that surprised me: " 'Only about 5% of adult cancer patients participate in clinical trials. The National Cancer Institute has set a goal to push that number to 20% patient participation at cancer centers receiving its financial support,' "Schuller said. The clinical trial participation rate at the existing James hospital is 27%, he said.

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