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Upstate hospital receives grant to support youth cancer research trials

Bon Secours St. Francis Cancer Center

Bon Secours St. Francis Cancer Center in Greenville, S.C. Bon Secours St. Francis Health System/Provided

GREENVILLE — A local cancer treatment center has received a $50,000 grant to support a full-time employee who will ensure each patient in the youth program is screened for clinical trials.

The funds will support a clinical research nurse coordinator in the adolescent and young adult cancer program at Bon Secours St. Francis Cancer Center in Greenville, according to a news release from the hospital system.

The grant was awarded by St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a national charity dedicated to funding cancer research. It awarded grants totaling $1.2 million to 27 different organizations nationwide.

Clinical trials provide the best possibility of treatment because they are the final stage of research before a drug or therapy is approved, according to the release.

“As a community cancer center, Bon Secours St. Francis is truly grateful for St. Baldrick’s support as we strive to provide access and enrollment to potentially life-saving clinical trials right here in the Upstate,” said Dr. Hal Crosswell, director of the adolescent and young adult cancer program at Bon Secours.

“By keeping these expanded care options closer to home, we avoid uprooting patients and their families during an already disruptive time in their lives.”

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