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• A case manager is a registered nurse who coordinates your cancer care plan with all members of your health care team. Te case manager monitors your needs during and after treatment and keeps your health care team informed.


• If you are an inpatient, the discharge planner will give you instructions and resources to help you when you are released from the hospital.


Other Caregivers


• Medical assistants work in the outpatient clinics. Tey gather your health information and help doctors and nurses with procedures.


• If you have to stay in the hospital, health care assistants will help you with daily activities such as bathing and grooming.


Oncology Patient Coordinator


Oncology patient coordinators are your first point of contact with HCI. Tey help you with these important services:


• Arrange same-day appointments with your health care team


• Check your insurance coverage • Set up appointments with financial counselors • Prepare your charts and papers • Meet you face-to-face and guide you through your first appointment


Pharmacist


Pharmacists work with your doctors and nurses to create your medication plan. Tey compound and dispense the medicines your doctors prescribe. Pharmacists can give you a lot of information about the drugs you are taking.


Patient and Family Support


• Licensed clinical social workers from HCI Patient and Family Support can help you cope with the emotions and life changes that come from a cancer diagnosis. Tey can teach you ways to deal with stress and connect you with support groups.


• Our multi-faith chaplain provides spiritual support for patients and their loved ones. Without a religious agenda, the chaplain helps each person find meaning and comfort in difficult times.


• Te patient resource coordinator helps with practical problems such as lodging and transportation.


Registered Dietitian


A registered dietitian can give you the best advice on diet and nutrition. Consultations are free for HCI patients.


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WHAT ARE CLINICAL TRIALS?


Clinical trials are studies of new treatments for cancer patients. They help doctors find better ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat a disease. Nearly all cancer treatments used today began with clinical trials.


• Clinical trials help improve cancer treatments and work toward finding a cure.


• Clinical trials help find new treatments that work better or have fewer side effects than current remedies.


• Clinical trials create more treatment options for cancer patients.


Your doctor can tell you if participating in a clinical trial is a good option. Clinical trials are experiments, so they have risks as well as benefits. Risks depend on the treatment being studied and on your health. You always make the final decision whether to enroll, after you understand all the potential risks and benefits.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration must approve new treatments before they can be widely used. Clinical trials are part of the approval process.


For more information, please contact the Clinical Trials Office:


801-581-4477 Toll free: 877-585-0303


E-mail: clinical.trials@hci.utah.edu Website: www.huntsmancancer.org/clinicaltrials


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