The University of New Mexico Cancer Research & Treatment Center (CRTC) is bringing cancer education experts to Albuquerque to enhance community members' and health care providers' understanding of the issues that face Native Americans regarding participation in clinical trials or research studies. 

A primary project goal is to increase Native American community members' knowledge of clinical trials to enable them to make informed decisions regarding participation. "Another goal of this project is to increase healthcare provider referrals of Native Americans to cancer care trials (CCT), including trials related to cancer prevention, screening, treatment, diagnostic methods, supportive care, and quality of life," said Linda Krebs, RN, PhD, AOCN, University of Colorado.

According to Linda Burhansstipanov, MSPH, DrPH, Executive Director of the Native American Cancer Research Corp., in a breast cancer prevention trial of 13,000 women, only 34 were Native American. "It is important that Native Americans have the opportunity to participate in clinical trails to increase their access to high quality care. They may respond differently to a clinical regimen and help find new approaches to treat previously untreatable cancers."

Burhansstipanov and Krebs, nationally recognized cancer education experts, will both be presenting at the Clinical Trail Workshops along with Alice Bradley, MA, the Project Director of the Cancer Information Service: Rocky Mountain Region, and Eduard J. Gamito, BS, Bridges Consulting Group.

The free educational seminar for the public will be held at the Prairie Star in Bernalillo on Friday, July 16. There will be a seminar for community members at 8:30 am to 11 am. It will be repeated at 1:30 pm to accommodate more attendees. On Saturday, July 17, the training for providers will also be at the Prairie Star at 8:30 am and will last approximately 2 hours. Free CEUs and CMEs are available.

Registration is limited, so please call Jane Cotner at the UNM CRTC at (505) 272-5191 or Monica Patten at (505) 272-9344 to register or for more information.


Contact: Angela Heisel, 272-3322