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Cambridge Medical Center receives grant to support participation in clinical trials for cancer patients

CAMBRIDGE, Minn. 12/21/2018

Cambridge Medical Center (CMC) is the recipient of a two-year grant from the University of Minnesota, meant to increase the availability of clinical trials in Minnesota communities. Thanks to the generosity of this grant, CMC is now an affiliate site for the Metro-Minnesota Community Oncology Research Consortium (MMCORC). MMCORC works with hospitals and clinics across the Twin Cities metro so that local physicians have access to the newest advances in cancer research. The MMCORC also links community cancer specialists, primary care physicians and other health care professionals to NCI-approved research studies.

“CMC patients have previously been referred to another facility for access to clinical trials. Becoming an affiliate site for MMCORC will help our team connect even more patients with opportunities to participate in clinical trials," said Cambridge Medical Center president, Gary Shaw. "It will also help us maintain our Commission on Cancer accreditation by meeting the standard that requires that a certain percentage of patients diagnosed with cancer at CMC are placed on a clinical trial."

Dr. Arvind Vemula, CMC Oncologist and Hematologist will be the CMC Senior Research Investigator. He has an extensive research background and was the Director of Clinical Trials and Research at North Iowa Mercy Cancer Center. CMC also recently hired Joyce Kramer, BA, as the Research RN. Joyce has an extensive research and oncology background. Dedicating resources to clinical trial research ensures that both local and national trials are available to cancer patients in our community, and helps them keep their care close to home.

In addition, CMC has a high population of patients who have financial challenges and many need assistance to pay for treatment. Working with the MMCORC via this grant will provide more treatment options to patients that likely wouldn’t have been able to consider advanced care outside of their community.

About Cambridge Medical Center

Cambridge Medical Center, a part of Allina Health, is a regional health care facility providing comprehensive health care services to more than 30,000 residents in Isanti County. The medical center is comprised of a large multi-specialty clinic and an 86-bed hospital located on one large campus. A same day clinicretail pharmacy and eye care center are also located in the facility.

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services

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