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http://www.haleakalatimes.com/2008/11/2 ... ncer_cure/


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Maui helps pursue cancer cure

Clinical trials offer cancer patients access to new investigational drugs and therapies, which may be effective against their particular type and extent of disease. Most of our participants are from Oahu, where the infrastructure exists for conducting the trials.

Now, part of the cigarette tax will support a Maui-based clinical research associate, whose job will be to make it easier for Valley Isle cancer doctors and their patients to participate in cutting-edge treatments while contributing to the much-needed national patient participation to help advance cancer research.

We continue to move forward with the task of research and discovery with help from the State Cigarette Tax. The Cancer Research Center of Hawaii receives this steady stream of funding thanks to the support of a cancer survivor, Maui’s Sen. Roz Baker.

Senator Baker authored the Cigarette Tax Law to deter smoking — the most notorious known cause of lung cancer and many other tobacco-related illnesses — and to provide monies for a comprehensive cancer research center to be built beside the University of Hawaii Medical School. The funding is also allowing the Cancer Research Center to expand the reach of one of the most important research tools in the fight against cancer: clinical trials.

I want to thank Sen. Baker and our medical partners on Maui for helping us reach more cancer patients. The Cancer Research Center currently conducts about 200 clinical trials, and we are grateful to the doctors and patients who volunteer to participate in clinical trials to test new treatments that may help themselves and other cancer survivors in the future.

They give us hope that the long journey to a cure for all cancers will become shorter.


Cancer Research Center of Hawaii

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(Haleakala Times, November 26, 2008)


The information contained in these articles may or may not be in agreement with my own opinions. They are not being posted with the intention of being medical advice of any kind.

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