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Cancer Clinical Trials - Oncology

Whether its breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer, or cervical cancer, Lee Health research nurse Alina Ward oversees the cancer clinical trials at the Regional Cancer Center. “Research is done for just about anything. There are studies for all kinds of different diagnosis, different studies. There are studies that are not even treatment-related. There are some studies that are just looking at the quality of life.” Alina works first to determine if patients qualify for a clinical trial. “I screen patients to see if they are eligible. If they volunteer to participate in this study, we will go through all of the requirements and make sure that they follow all of the protocols” she said. Once a patient is involved in a clinical trial, Alina works closely with them to make sure they meet all necessary criteria for the study. “I basically open clinical trials that are available for our patients, and they can be for different disease diagnosis. They don’t have to go outside of the system,” she said. One goal of the clinical trials, it to make sure patients have access to as many treatment options as possible while keeping them close to home. “Even if a clinical trial doesn’t help the patient right now, it could help future generations,” said Alina. Keeping options open, in hopes of finding a cure. View More Health Matters video segments at Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care. Visit