Source: The News-Enterprise
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Research Network recently awarded Baptist Health Hardin Cancer Care Center the 2019 Outstanding Oncology Research Award.
The award, presented to the network hospital with the highest patient enrollments in National Cancer Institute clinical trials, recognizes Baptist Health Hardin Cancer Care’s work to promote and encourage patient participation in oncology research studies.
“We are very proud of our relationship with the Markey Cancer Center Research Network and the insight and resources it provides to our patients,” Donald Goodin, M.D., medical director for Baptist Health Hardin Cancer Care, said in a news release. “This award proves we are taking full advantage of the research and NCI-designated opportunities available to Baptist Health Hardin Cancer Care patients.”
In 2019, Baptist Health Hardin Cancer Care enrolled 25 patients to Markey Center clinical studies developed by Markey physicians and scientists related to population health and cancer control, treatment optimization, efficiency of care, dissemination and implementation, precision medicine and survivorship.
Nationally, according to the release, Baptist Health Hardin Cancer Care is among the top hospitals participating in an NCI National Clinical Trials Network study regarding medicinal intervention for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Since October 2018, eight Hardin Memorial patients have enrolled in this specific clinical trial.
“Our patient’s willingness to help researchers learn more today may help future cancer patients, in Hardin County and beyond, have a better treatment experience,” Dr. Natalie Harper, Baptist Health Hardin Cancer Care research director, said in the release.
As a member of the UK Markey Cancer Center Research Network, Hardin Memorial conducts studies developed by Markey’s doctors and scientists as well as national studies available through Markey’s membership in the NCI’s National Clinical Trials Network.
Baptist Health Hardin Cancer Care joined the UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network in January 2014. According to the release, the collaboration gives Baptist Health Hardin Cancer Care patients access to the latest treatments, while minimizing travel outside of the area.