Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to caring for cancer patients. That is why clinical trials, which are an important part of medical research, are so vital to the future of cancer care.
“Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre has a history of leading groundbreaking clinical trials,” says Dr. Rosalyn Juergens, an oncologist with a focus on research. “Many of these clinical trials have had an international impact, helping to advance patient care around the world.”
Clinical trials allow researchers like Dr. Juergens to bring medical research into the practical realm while providing treatment opportunities for patients throughout south-central Ontario.
Making a real difference
“With clinical trials, we are trying to answer questions around cancer treatment so we are able to provide even better care for patients and families in the future,” she says. “Some clinical trials involve assessments of new technologies, while others investigate the effectiveness of new medications and combinations of interventions.”
Dr. Juergens has seen clinical trials make a real difference in the lives of cancer patients.
“Many of these clinical trials have had an international impact, helping to advance patient care around the world.”
“One of my patients was expected to live for a matter of months at the most. That was seven years ago. He underwent two years of treatment as part of a clinical trial and he’s had five additional healthy years off treatment since.”
Donor support of Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre Foundation is vital to the clinical trials conducted by Dr. Juergens and her colleagues. Funds raised by the Foundation support research projects and the purchase of medical equipment.
A walk to shine a light on cancer
One way that donors can make a difference is by fundraising and participating in Illuminight, a new family-friendly event in support of the Foundation. Illuminight will be held on October 26 at the Earth to Table Farm in Flamborough. Attendees can enjoy a special walk along farmland trails, a traditional bonfire, music, food and fun fall activities.
“The event is for patients, caregivers, families and anyone who has been touched by cancer,” says Dr. Juergens. “This is an exciting time for cancer care and we invite everyone to become involved and support the care we provide to patients and families throughout the region.”
Visit hamiltonhealth.ca/illuminight to register and start fundraising today.