Dr. Glenn Bauman, Chair/Chief Department of Oncology, Lawson Scientist and Radiation Oncologist at LHSC, explains why enrollment in clinical trials is so important.
“Clinical trials generate the evidence we need to improve the care of our patients. They bring knowledge from the laboratory to care in the clinic.”
Starting February 3, you may see staff members and physicians at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and St. Joseph’s Health Care London (St. Joseph’s) wearing “Ask me about clinical trials” buttons.
The buttons are part of the national ‘Ask Me’ campaign run by the Canadian Cancer Clinical Trials Network (3CTN). The campaign seeks to increase awareness and encourage patients to ask their health care providers about cancer clinical trials. Over 60 cancer centres across Canada are participating in the campaign.
Above: Kalan Lynn, Lawson Research Coordinator, St. Joseph’s Breast Care Centre and the London Tumour Biobank
There will be an information table set up in the first floor lobby of LRCP on Friday, February 3. Patients and their families are encouraged to stop by the table to learn more about clinical trials. Cancer research groups across the city will begin to wear their buttons that same day.
Participating groups include LRCP’s Uro-oncology Research Group, Thoracic Surgery, Radiation Oncology, and clinic and chemo staff, as well as Pediatric Oncology at the Children’s Hospital at LHSC and St. Joseph’s Breast Care Centre.
In total, Lawson conducts over 2500 clinical trials a year for a variety of diseases and health conditions with over 6100 research participants. For more information on clinical trials at Lawson, please visit our Clinical Research page.
Above: Uro-oncology Research Group from left to right: Alex Timofte, RN (Clinical Research Associate); Wendy Shoff, RN (Clinical Research Associate); Amanda Anderson, MPH (Clinical Research Associate); Corrine Hickling (Clinical Research Assistant); Catherine Hildebrand, PhD (Urology Research Manager).