Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) was approved to offer cancer patients clinical trials for treatment.

Clinical trials are research studies that involve patients. Participation in the trials is not mandatory and patients who meet the criteria are given a choice if they want to participate.

PMC began trials to treat numerous types of cancer, including breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, bladder cancer, and non-small cell lung cancer, for those who qualify.

PMC is dedicated to expanding research opportunities for patients and physicians. These trials and studies benefit patients both directly and indirectly. Participating in clinical trials allow patients to receive the same cutting-edge treatments, devices, and medicines from the forefront of medical science.

“We want our patients to have access to the next generation of care, said PMC Medical Oncologist/Hematologist and Vice President of Oncology Services, Christopher Croot, MD. “Our patients deserve cutting edge medicine and these trials move PMC forward with cancer care.”

PMC was chosen to participate in the trials because of a well- equipped radiology department, laboratory, pharmacy, and a sufficient number of highly trained personnel. Each participating drug company authorized and approved PMC as a clinical trial site for numerous next-generation cancer-fighting drugs. PMC was also selected due to meeting a specific set of criteria, which includes a sufficient number of patients in PMC’s service area with these types of cancers.

Until now, patients who did not respond to traditional therapy would have to travel to participate in clinical trials.

“Our patients deserve the same opportunities as patients at national research institutions,” said PMC Research Coordinator, Leandra Johnson. “It is wonderful to know our patients can receive this advanced care right here at home.”

PMC understands that patients and their physicians have questions about what kinds of trials are available, how they are conducted, and what oversight is in place.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Leandra Johnson at 606-218-4682.