GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - CHI Health Saint Francis is known for the high number of clinical trials that happen in their hospital and ow they're adding one more to the list. They just found out they have been accepted to join the Cancer Moonshot program.
CHI Health St Francis' entry way to their current Cancer Treatment Center where many clinical trials often take place. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)
The program is a under a five year grant from the national cancer institute with the goal of getting a step closer to finding a cure.
They're one of only twenty hospitals to be chosen nationwide. Each place is to focus on a different part of the research. CHI Health will be studying blood and tissue taken from their patient's tumors.
The hospital says they will try to recruit as many patients as possible so they can have the most thorough information.
"Nationwide, it would be about 2,000 patients that we know of at this point," Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator Lauren Murphy said. "We will be trying to enroll as many patients as we can approach that would be eligible for the trial. We will put them in screen and if they're eligible, enroll them. As many as we can possibly approach would be ideal."
To qualify for the trial, patients will need to have a biopsy of their tumor before treatment started. Then they will be treated with an advanced molecular treatment. Over the five years of the program, researchers will study tissues and blood to see how it's reacting to their treatments.
They're hoping to start their research early on in the new year.