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JOHNCOURTISClinicalResearchYumaRegionalCancerCenterreachedanothersignicantmilestonethisyearwhenwebeganparticipatinginclinicaltrials.ThenewclinicaltrialsandresearchprogramwillenableYuma-arearesidentstotakepartincutting-edgeresearchstudiesandpotentiallybenetromthelatestadvancesinmedicalscienceandtechnologywithouthavingtotraveloutsideothecommunity.AsaresultoYRMCspartnershipwiththeMayoClinicYumaRegionalCancerCenterwilloferpatientstheopportunitytoparticipateinsomeothesameclinicaltrialsthattheMayoClinicoperates.TwooncologytrialsarealreadybeingconductedintheYumacommunity.Oneisbasedonusinggeneticinormationtodeterminetreatmentoptionsoradvancedbreastcancer.Theotherisasupportivecaretrialbeingconductedtotesttheefectivenessoanewtreatmentordepressionincancerpatients.CommunityeducationisanimportantongoingcomponentoYRMCsclinicaltrialprogramaspatientsaremorelikelytoparticipatewhentheyhaveathoroughunderstandingohowatrialworksanditspotentialbenets.Currentlylessthanvepercentoadultcancerpatientsparticipateinclinicaltrialsorvariousreasonsincludinglackoawarenesslackoaccessearordistrustoresearchornancialorpersonalconcerns.InMay2013YRMChiredInstitutionResearchCoordinatorDebbiePutttodevelopandimplementtheclinicalresearchprogram.InadditiontotrainingwiththeresearchteamattheMayoClinicScottsdaleDebbiereceivedundingromtheRichardMichaelMcDanielFundGrantmakingitpossibleorherandherteamtodevelopaClinicalResearchEducationandOutreachProgram.TheprogramisdesignedtoinormmembersotheYumacommunityaboutthepotentialbenetsoclinicaltrialsandtoprovideinormationabouttrialsthatarecurrentlybeingoferedatYRMC.LookingAheadTheyear2014promisestobeanexcitingtimeorYRMConethatwillbringmanygitstotheYumacommunitythegitoanewstate-o-the-artcancercenterthegitotimeorourpatientswhowillnolongerneedtotraveloutsideotheareatoreceivetreatmentthegitocollaborationthroughourcontinuedpartnershipwiththeMayoClinicandmostimportantlythegitohopeorthepatientswetreat.Theweekendofmy50thbirthdayfoundmeattheERwithpainandbloodinmyurinekidneycancerThefastworkoftheERcrewatYRMCandDr.Woldhemichaelsavedmylife.Imcancerfreefor9yearsnowandpassionatelyadvocateforcancerresearchsurvivorsandcaregivers.