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UVa. Cancer Center Receiving $50k Grant from St. Baldrick's

Dec. 16, 2013

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is awarding a $50,000 grant to University of Virginia School of Medicine.

The grant will enable UVa. Cancer Center to begin offering early-phase clinical trials, which examine the safety and effectiveness of potential new cancer treatments, to children with cancer.

“We want to make sure these types of treatments and trials are available to patients in our region, so that they can receive cutting-edge therapies as part of early-phase clinical trials that help us learn more about these cancers and how to treat them,” said Dr. William C. Petersen Jr., a pediatric oncologist at UVa. Cancer Center.

The grant money will support the hiring of a nurse and a clinical research assistant to help care for patients in these trials as well as some imaging and lab tests for these patients. Petersen said UVa. hopes to begin offering these early-phase clinical trials within the next few weeks, primarily to children whose cancer has returned.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research,

The grant is one of 39 infrastructure grants being awarded as part of the foundation’s fall grant cycle, totaling more than $2.2 million in pediatric oncology research.

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