Friday, June 6, 2014

Sneak Peek!

A Day in the Life of Liz Busby

Director of Clinical Trials for Oncology 

UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center

Elizabeth Busby, R.N.
Director of Oncology Clinical Trials at the Comprehensive Cancer Center

As director, Mrs. Busby supervises the clinical side of cancer research at UAB and oversees all of the data managers and nurses at the Cancer Center. She has been a nurse since 1987 and is approaching two years as director of oncology clinical trials at UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.

What motivates you in your job?
“To me it's just there is never a lack of learning something new. You learn something new every day. The science is exciting. We are able to offer patients hope.”

What would you like people to know about clinical trials at UAB?
“Clinical trials are very important in cancer care. It’s personalized medicine for patients that need it. We need patients to participate. It’s a huge focus of the Cancer Center. We give them the most updated cutting-edge therapies available.”

Who is the target for clinical trials?
“We are here for everybody. It doesn’t matter what religion you are, what your background is, it doesn’t matter to us. We are here for everyone.”

Why do patients typically participate in clinical trials?
“Sometimes people don’t just do it for themselves. They do it because it might provide something down the road for their children or for society in general. They do it because they are furthering research.”

Does UAB recruit participants for clinical trials?
“We are an NCI-designated Cancer Center, so people come to us looking for cutting-edge therapy.”

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