Middle Tennesseans Have Role in Major Cancer Study
Written by Dr Nancy Peacock for The Tennessean
Sophisticated high-tech drugs and therapies developed over the past 40 years have made it possible to improve treatments for cancer patients, as The Tennessean pointed out in its June 4 front page story, “Cancer faces potent attack.” Although cancer treatments are improving, doctors and researchers don’t always understand the causes of cancer.
In Tennessee, more than 35,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year, with more than 13,000 deaths. This sobering statistic has pushed scientists involved in the cancer community to find new ways to understand and change the landscape of cancer care for the years to come. People living in Middle Tennessee have an extraordinary opportunity to help in this effort by participating in a landmark cancer study beginning this summer.
The hospitals of Saint Thomas Health are proud to join the American Cancer Society in the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).
Previous cancer prevention studies sponsored by the society have helped us in understanding risks involved with cancer development. CPS-3 is a public health study focused on the factors that cause, control or prevent disease, specifically cancer. This study will help those of us involved in the care of patients better understand the lifestyles, environmental and genetic factors that may cause or prevent cancer. The hope is that we can advance our Understanding of the causes of cancer in away that will help us prevent many of these diseases in future generations. The dedication of participants this summer is critical.
The society hopes to enroll 300,000 patients nationwide from a diverse cross-section of the population. Weneed1,000 participants here in Middle Tennessee to make an impact. If we all encourage 10 of our family and friends to sign up, we’ll reach our goal in no time.
Men and women ages 30-65who have never been diagnosed with cancer are encouraged to participate at one of several locations, including Saint Thomas Hospital, Baptist Hospital and Middle Tennessee Medical Center; the YMCAs of Middle Tennessee and Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center. There is no cost.
Here are the steps:
» Schedule an enrollment appointment at www.cps3nashville.org. A confirmation email will instruct you on how to complete a comprehensive online medical history survey.
» Choose a July enrollment appointment where you will provide a small blood sample and record your waist measurement. The blood sample will be taken by a certified, trained phlebotomist.
The society will send periodic follow-up surveys to inform you of study results and updates. Enrollment appointments will begin the week of July 10, but I encourage you to make your appointment now. Your participation now will have an Everlasting impact on you or someone you love who may have to deal with Cancer in the years to come.
Dr. Nancy Peacock is a board-certified medical oncologist at Baptist Hospital, a partner inTennessee Oncology, and committee chair of the Saint Thomas Health Cancer Network.