Posted on: August 20, 2012
Leading-Edge Research in Your Neighborhood
An Interview with Dr. Joshua Fink
When you think about medical research, institutions such as Johns Hopkins, the Mayo Clinic, and Massachusetts General or New York Presbyterian may come to mind. In the not too distant future, you will begin seeing medical research findings coming out of Mt. Kisco as well. Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) has been conducting clinical research trials for several years and has recently expanded their role in this area.
Dr. Joshua Fink is leading the Clinical Trials Program at Northern Westchester Hospital and is helping to bring additional national research projects to NWH. Dr. Fink provided some insight into these clinical research programs.
Why are clinical research trials important to patients?
It has been shown that patients tend to get better treatment when they’re part of an investigational study. They also have access to leading-edge medicine and procedures, and such programs expose patients to potential, new and innovative therapies for various diseases in a structured and closely supervised fashion.
What sort of trials are you doing?
Our largest study currently underway is investigating the use of the diabetes drug Metformin in preventing the recurrence of breast cancer. We’ll be registering patients for that study over the next 18 months and the study is scheduled to run for five years.
We are working with the Westchester Brain Tumor Program on four trials investigating vaccines for brain cancer. NWH has also participated in trials investigating treatments for multiple myeloma, pain, lung cancer, inoperable cancers, colon cancer, ovarian cancer, and various forms of breast cancer.
What are some of the advantages to doing medical research here?
Patients receive advanced medical treatments and the highest quality medical care without having to travel long distances and be removed from loved ones. Keeping caregivers close-by, while receiving treatments, is tremendously beneficial for patients.
The staff at Northern Westchester Hospital will also have access to the resources and knowledge of our partners, such as be the National Cancer Institute and major pharmaceutical companies, helping insure that patients are getting the most up-to-date treatment.
How can I find out more about the trials and possibly take part?
Please contact the Northern Westchester Hospital Clinical Trials Coordinator at 914.666.1366 or online at http://nwhc.net/home/contact-nwh. You can also click here to view a list of clinical trials conducted at NWH.