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    NMCP Holds Cancer Research Rodeo

    NMCP Holds Cancer Research Rodeo

    Photo By Petty Officer 1st Class Laura Myers | 180830-N-IY469-059 – The Warriors of Hope Cancer Research Committee hosted a cancer...... read more read more



    Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Laura Myers 

    Naval Medical Center - Portsmouth

    August is Cancer Research Awareness Month, and the Warriors of Hope Cancer Awareness Committee hosted a cancer research rodeo on Aug. 30 to promote the research that happens at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP).

    “Today’s rodeo is to bring together all of the different areas that do cancer research in this medical center and to highlight the resources that are available to patients,” said Melvina Queen, a member of NMCP’s Radiation Oncology Warriors of Hope Cancer Awareness Committee.

    The committee’s goal for the rodeo was to inform NMCP patients about the research, and to inform the staff about how important research is and for them to support. Research at NMCP is made possible through the support of patients who volunteer to donate, and by the physicians presenting the offer to their patients.

    “Research is optional, informed consent offered to our patients so they can make that choice,” Queen said. “There is the standard of care and there’s research. Sometimes research can be an innovative drug that is something new and promising, showing promising results from other places and we can get it through the National Cancer Institute.”

    An example of this research is a tumor sample. The Murtha Cancer Center Biobank gets consent from a patient to take the tumor for research. The staff then builds a bank that puts all the genomic sequencing together to learn things like what is causing the tumor to grow. The goal is to stop those genetic markers in people in the future.

    “This is to promote awareness that we have trials and projects for patients, and we have a lot of different departments that are involved,” said Amber Ingram, a clinical research coordinator, who was promoting the Murtha Cancer Center Biobank. “We are all here for one overall message. Research is important to find the answer to why, for cancer.”

    Since starting at NMCP 10 years ago, Queen says it is the first time they’ve hosted a research rodeo. The committee’s goal is to make this an annual event, and to have more departments participating. The research clinics that participated today were Detection of Early Lung Cancer Among Military Personnel (DECAMP), Murtha Cancer Center Biobank, Radiation Oncology, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Gynecology/Oncology.

    “There is a lot of research going on in the medical center,” Queen said. “NMCP is not just standing by, they are active in trying to find a cure for cancer.”

    As the U. S. Navy's oldest, continuously-operating hospital since 1830, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth proudly serves past and present military members and their families. The nationally acclaimed, state of the art medical center, including its ten branch and TRICARE Prime clinics, serves the Hampton Roads area and additionally offers premier research and teaching programs designed to prepare new doctors, nurses and hospital corpsmen for future roles in healing and wellness.



    Date Taken: 08.30.2018
    Date Posted: 08.31.2018 14:02
    Story ID: 291174
    Location: PORTSMOUTH, VA, US 

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