Cancer Clinical Research
Singing River Health System has been a participant in clinical trials for many years but since being awarded a $3.4 million Cancer Disparities Research Partnership grant from the National Cancer Institute, SRHS has significantly advanced its research efforts.
The grant supports SRHS efforts to improve community access to clinical trials for cancer patients and to address barriers to care such as lack of transportation, no health insurance and communication issues that all contribute to ongoing illness and death.
Clinical research at the health system's Regional Cancer Center now encompasses prevention studies and treatment trials for common cancers such as breast, lung, prostate and colorectal as well as trials for patients facing treatment challenges such as late stage diagnosis, recurrent cancers and those with limited treatment options.
Clinical trials are key to advancing cancer treatment, and the SRHS research program gives our local community access to cutting-edge trials previously only available at large research institutions. At present, there are more than 40 clinical trials available at the Regional Cancer Center.
As part of the research program, SRHS has established partnerships with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Mississippi Medical Center which has allowed our health system to further expand its research activities.
Research patients and other Cancer Center patients benefit from grant-supported services offered at SRHS. Patient navigators are on hand to help patients successfully manage their treatment programs and assist patients with needs such as:
communicating with the doctor
making financial arrangements
obtaining emotional support
Educating the community on cancer issues is also an important part of our cancer program. Our cancer outreach educator provides in-house education for patients and also takes cancer prevention, early detection/screening and treatment awareness programs out into the community.
For more details on clinical trials call 809-5292. For information on the patient navigator program call 809-5664, and for questions about community outreach call 809-5590.
For information on cancer topics and clinical trials visit www.cancer.gov.