FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUPITER, Fla. (February 18, 2014) – Jupiter Medical Center’s Clinical
Research Department opened a new clinical trial, sponsored by OPKO Health,
for collection of human bio-specimens for biomarker analysis from patients
with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). The collection involves identification
and validation of certain receptors from blood and/or bone marrow from
patients with CLL. OPKO Health has developed technology that detects specific
antibodies of cancers and other diseases. Through this clinical trial,
the development of accurate and reliable blood tests to diagnose cancers
could have a profound effect on disease outcome.
To be eligible to participate, patients must be at least 18 years of age,
undergoing no cancer treatment at time of enrollment, diagnosed with CLL
and have a lymphocyte count greater than 5,000. Patients must not have
been treated or diagnosed for an additional type of cancer within the
past year. If eligible, there will be one blood draw. A bone marrow aspirate,
if available through usual medical evaluation, may also be collected.
Jupiter Medical Center’s Clinical Research Department will screen
patients, obtain consent for participation, and then provide OPKO Health
with qualifying blood specimens and/or bone marrow aspirate for the clinical trial.
For more information about this clinical trial, please contact Jeanine
Secor, RN, BSN, CCRP, Jupiter Medical Center Clinical Research Director,
at (561) 263-5791.
The Ella Milbank Foshay Cancer Center at Jupiter Medical Center is accredited
by the Commission on Cancer. As part of the standards for accreditation,
Jupiter Medical Center began offering clinical research trials in 2001.
To date, there have been more than 200 clinical trials with sixteen open
trials currently available. Clinical research trials are an additional
facet to Jupiter Medical Center’s comprehensive approach to treatment
and world-class care of its patients. This venture is another opportunity
for Jupiter Medical Center to continue to support bioscience and research
in the community.
About Jupiter Medical Center
A not-for-profit 283-bed regional medical center consisting of 163 private
acute care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation
and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center provides a broad range of services
with specialty concentrations in oncology, imaging, orthopedics &
spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung & thoracic, women’s
health, weight management and men’s health. Founded in 1979, the
Medical Center has approximately 1,500 team members, 575 physicians and
640 volunteers. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please
call (561) 263-2234 or visit
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