Cancer, migraine and spinal cord patients need separate studies – Kelowna News

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Three Central Okanagan organizations are looking for people to participate in studies or trials, all in an effort to find treatments or make life better.

Those with metastatic cancer, spinal cord injuries or migraines are the three groups of people sought:

• BC Cancer Kelowna is conducting a behavioral study on alternative health care for metastatic cancer, which is defined as non-conventional treatment instead of the traditional standard of care. The investigation will focus on treatment misinformation cancer patients receive from social media.

The study, which is carried out by Dr. Kaethe Clarke, intends to improve healthcare providers’ understanding of what motivates patients in their search for alternative healthcare for their cancer diagnosis.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in this study, please contact the study team at [email protected].

• UBCO’s Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis hopes to recruit as many as 60 participants for a project called “Guidelines for Training and Promotion and Implementation in Chronic Spinal Cord Injury.”

Anyone wishing to participate must be 18 years of age, experience chronic pain and have been diagnosed with a spinal cord injury more than a year ago at C3 or below. You must do less than 40 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week and less than two days per week of strength training.

Participants are compensated for visits to the UBCO laboratory and receive a gift card upon completion of the study.

Study participants will also be asked to complete an online or telephone questionnaire and attend three in-person visits at UBC Okanagan – at study entry and again at three and six months.

During the visits, participants are asked to undergo a fitness test, a short pain sensation test and give a blood sample.

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer, send an email [email protected] or call 236-970-6226 with questions.

• Finally, Okanagan Clinical Trials is doing a trial to determine the effectiveness of an investigational drug for episodic migraine.

To be eligible to participate in the study, volunteers must be 19 years of age or older. Approximately 660 participants will take part in the study.

Study treatment will not affect provincial medical coverage and all study-related costs will be paid by the sponsor. Participants can leave the study at any time.

To learn more about the study or to volunteer, please visit or call Okanagan Clinical Trials at 250-862-8141.

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