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13th annual Pretty in Pink event provides mammograms in Avery County

Pictured above: Vickie Fuller, Angela Wilson, Pat Parks. Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s 13th Annual Pretty in Pink event was held on June 16, 2017 at Linville [ ... ]

Watauga Medical Center recognized for high-value healthcare by Premier, Inc.

Watauga Medical Center has been named a finalist for the 2017 QUEST Award for High-value Healthcare from Premier Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company, for  [ ... ]

Blowing Rock Fashion Show: Forty Years of Iconic Fashion, July 21, 2017

The Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation is pleased to present the 40th Annual Blowing Rock Fashion Show, which will be held on July 21, 2017 at the Blowing Rock Country [ ... ]

Blowing Rock Fashion Show: Forty Years of Iconic Fashion, July 21, 2017

The Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation is pleased to present the 40th Annual Blowing Rock Fashion Show, which will be held on July 21, 2017 at the Blowing Rock Country [ ... ]

Speaker Event: Mindfulness in a Time of Loss

 Thursday, July 27  8:00-11:30 a.m., Watauga Medical Center Auditorium
1:00-4:30 p.m., Midway Baptist Church, West Jefferson

Local 11-year-old starts a beary special program at Watauga Medical Center

  Few things in life can seem scarier than the thought of surgery – especially for an 11-year-old. After her tonsillectomy at Watauga Medical Center, Lula Bovino a [ ... ]

Scholarship helps student and patients breathe easier

Have you ever received a scholarship and wondered what it could mean for your future? Callie Crump, Pulmonary Navigator at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS),  [ ... ]

Nursing school scholarship leads to second career opportunity at Cannon Memorial Hospital

An interesting series of serendipitous events led William Orr to Cannon Memorial Hospital. As a child, Orr desired to follow in his father’s footsteps by serving in the [ ... ]

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The Oncology Clinical Research Department under the direction of Dr. Anna Sobol strives to offer opportunities for our mountain community to participate in research. Having studies that are open and accruing enables a greater number of High Country residents to participate in research.    

Dr. Anna Sobol is the Principal Investigator for all currently open studies. Marjorie Hrozencik RN, BSN, OCN, CCRP serves as Clinical Research Coordinator.

Current Trials

Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center is a research affiliate site for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently there are two trials that we are partnering with UNC-CH to conduct.

  • Carolina Senior: UNC Registry for Older Patients.  A registry study recruiting patients over the age of 65 that gathers information about functional age.
  • S-PACT (Senior Physical Activity after Chemotherapy) An interventional study of the effects of walking on fatigue after chemotherapy in patients 65 and older.

 Incyte Sponsored Study

  • MOST: Myelofibrosis and Essential Thrombocythemia Observational Study. An observational study of the patients with a diagnosis of Myelofibrosis or Essential Thrombocythemia.

The Clinical Research Coordinator is also available on request to conduct a comprehensive search for clinical trials across the USA and assist in arranging an appointment.  She may be contacted at 828-265-5008 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Clinical Trials Web Resources for Patients

American Cancer Society

Provides basic clinical trials information and a clinical trials matching service
http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ClinicalTrials/index

Cancer.net

Provides general information about clinical trials and stories from people who have been on clinical trials
http://www.cancer.net/patient/All+About+Cancer/Clinical+Trials

CenterWatch

Offers access to health and patient organizations, blogs and support groups as well as information about clinical trials.  
http://wwwcenterwatch.com/health-resources/

Medline Plus Interactive Clinical Trials Tutorials and Information

Online educational program for patients and families from the National Library of Medicine
https://medlineplus.gov/clinicaltrials.html

US National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials Education Series

Designed for patients and the general public in both English and Spanish
http://www.cancer.gov/research/areas/clinical-trials

US National Institutes of Health Clinical Research Trials and You

Provides basic information and volunteer stories
http://www.nih.gov/health/clinicaltrials/index.htm

About Clinical Trials (ACT)

Collaboration between the American Cancer Society and Genentech offers a patient kit, containing an educational brochure with DVD and USB drive. Call 1-800-227-2345 to request a kit or online www.LearnAboutClinicalTrials.org