Dr. Heather Cheng at Fred Hutch Secures NCI Grant to Help Patients ‘Crack the Code’

Dr. Heather Cheng at Fred Hutch Secures NCI Grant to Help Patients ‘Crack the Code’

Clinical trial transparency, accessibility and availability represents a trend TrialSite News was formed to promote and contribute towards, and recently a prestigious research center in the Pacific Northwest, Fred Hutch, will seek to contribute in powerful ways to make this a reality as well. Dr. Heather Cheng of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center secured a Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award from the National Cancer Institute to make complex cancer research information more approachable. Dr. Cheng hopes that this effort will help make the process of clinical research participation simpler and more straightforward, leading to more robust cancer patient participation in clinical trials.

Need for a New Language

Tom Cruise, the protagonist in the movie Vanilla Sky drove home the point when declaring “Doctors. Their power is in jargon, so  you study up. Is that the procedure for allbilateral periorbital hematomas…” Cameron Crowe wasn’t off the mark, and neither is Dr. Cheng when she comments, “What we do is fairly complicated…the steps it takes for the referring provider to recognize, to remember, to then quickly be able to digest the gist of the study, recogn...

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