Memorial awarded cancer research grant

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Memorial Health University Medical Center has been awarded a $44,954 grand for childhood cancer research.

The one-year infrastructure grant was awarded by the St. Baldrick's Foundation. It's one of 39 infrastructure grants awarded as part of the foundation's fall grant period, according to the organization's news release.

The grant funds a nurse navigator who will help patients with an overall treatment plan and the process of participating in a clinical cancer trial.

"While fewer than 5 percent of adults with cancer participate in a clinical trial, more than 60 percent of childhood cancer patients receive their treatment as part of a clinical trial, designed to offer the best cutting-edge treatment or one that may be better than today's standard," said Kathleen Ruddy, chief executive officer for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, in a statement. "The St. Baldrick's Foundation is proud to fund this latest round of infrastructure grants, many of which will make more clinical trials available for children closer to their homes. This offers today's patients more hope and tomorrow's patients more progress through research."

The foundation has funded programs totaling more than $24.5 million awarded in 2013.

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