Monday, June 9, 2014

UAB and Clinical Trials - Every Step of the Way

Do you know what is available for you in a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is a medical research study that may potentially improve patient health outcomes. The goal of a clinical trial is to find better and safer ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose, or treat disease. A clinical trial may also look for ways to improve patients’ quality of life.

Patient navigators, like a nurse, play an important role in patient care. They also have an important role in helping patients join clinical trials. Part of the patient navigator’s role is to provide information about clinical trials. They help patients understand what a clinical trial is and how it works. They also support patients as they decide whether a clinical trial is right for them. 
The Patient Navigator Program at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is a free service available to help patients and their family members navigate their health care. A personal navigator will be assigned to help you with any questions, concerns or difficulties you may face along the way.  The Patient Navigator can:

                                         –Guide you through the health care system
–Help you get to your appointments
–Support you throughout your cancer treatment
–Find answers to your questions
–Locate community and social services to meet your needs
–Assist in completing insurance forms
–Help you find information on health care
–Direct you to local resources and support
–Provide assistance with financial concerns
–Encourage and inform you and your family
–Access your unique concerns and needs

Another way UAB commits to treating the patient through their whole journey is through cancer support groups. Other support services include: planning for survivorship, financial and legal planning, mindfulness meditation, and
spirituality group sessions. In addition to emotional support, we also offer physical support through restorative yoga and yoga dance. For questions or more information, contact Teri Hoenemeyer at (205) 934-5772.

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