Together We Can -- Newsletter of the Joan Karnell Cancer Center

Spring 2006

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Message From the Administrator

Greetings and welcome to the Spring 2006 edition of “Together We Can,” the newsletter of the Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital. This issue focuses on clinical trials. Clinical trials are research studies in which people help doctors find ways to improve health and cancer care. Each study tries to answer scientific questions and to find better ways to prevent, diagnose or treat cancer.

A clinical trial is one of the final stages of a long and careful cancer research process. Studies are done with cancer patients to find out whether promising approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment are safe and effective. Only you can make the decision about whether or not to participate in a clinical trial. Talk about clinical trials with your doctor and/or nurse, family members and friends to help determine what is right for you.

The importance of clinical trials and some of the remarkable outcomes of recent trials are clear in the following excerpt from The Nation's Investment in Cancer Research, by Andrew C. von Eschenbach, MD, Director of the National Cancer Institute:

“Exponential advances in cancer research are defining, with everincreasing specificity, the many genetic, molecular, and cellular events that influence the cancer process. We now understand cancer as an ongoing process that can be interrupted at many stages from susceptibility to initiation to disease progression. We are translating this new knowledge into innovative, evidence-based strategies to prevent cancer from developing, eliminate it early when it does occur, and modulate its devastating effects.”

The Joan Karnell Cancer Center has recently chosen to participate in TrialCheck, an online service for cancer patients and their families that helps search for clinical trials specific to their diagnosis. We invite you to log on to our web site and learn more about this useful tool in the ongoing fight against cancer.


Mary Pat Lynch, CRNP, MSN, AOCN
Administrator, Joan Karnell Cancer Center


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