EL PASO — The Texas Tech Paul L. Foster School of Medicine... along with the University Medical Center... host an open house for its new Cancer Clinical Research Core Facility.
The facility's staff will offer cutting-edge cancer treatments and clinical trials through a $1.5 million dollar grant from the Cancer Prevention Institute of Texas.
"The cancer trials are designed usually in order to improve the quality of life of patients and maybe give them new treatments or even give them different options for different types of treatment schedules to improve their side effects," said Dr. Zeina Nahleh, who will direct the facility.
Dr. Zeina Nahleh says patients have already begun participating in the clinical trials.
"We have multiple patients already participating in cancer trials and many patients donating their stored tissue and blood for cancer research and we also have a lot of surveys and questionnaires we're doing and looking at our data to analyze the special features of patients here in El Paso," said Dr. Nahleh.
The facility will initially focus on more common conditions... but will eventually offer treatments for all cancers.
Friday's open house featured award-winning artwork by those touched by cancer.