Research Opportunities for Cancer Patients

Sanford Cancer Center will receive $2 million in funding over two years to expand existing cancer research programming and patient services.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, is using $80 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand research benefiting patients at Sanford Cancer Center and the other 15 members of the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) and to add 14 new sites to the network.

Sanford Cancer Center will receive $2 million in funding over two years to expand existing cancer research programming and patient services. This includes adding at least nine new staff members to support additional early (Phase I) clinical trials for cancer patients, increased outreach and education targeted at populations with cancer healthcare disparities (i.e. Native Americans, new immigrants and colony populations) and nurse care coordinators who will work with newly diagnosed patients and cancer survivors.

“While Sanford feels extremely fortunate to have been selected by the National Cancer Institute for this funding and all that it supports, the real benefactors are the people of this region who will see more cancer services in their communities,rdquo; stated Becky Nelson, Sanford Health-MeritCare Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

The NCCCP is a network of community-hospital cancer centers working to provide research-based cancer care – from prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship through end-of-life care. The program is designed as a community-based platform to support basic, clinical and population-based research initiatives. To learn more about Sanford Cancer Center, visit www.sanfordcancercare.org