Like many patients at the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center, Mary Jones drives from her home to Greenville for regular follow-up visits with an oncologist. But what makes Jones different is that she’s participating in a clinical trial. Her experience, and those of thousands of other patients across the country, could lead to better cancer care for future patients.
Two years ago, Jones visited her primary care physician after feeling nauseous for a couple of days. He referred her to specialists in Greenville. When she arrived at the medical center, she immediately underwent a series of tests that confirmed the worst: A CT scan showed Jones, who was 71 at the time, had a mass on her pancreas – a deadly diagnosis.
ECU surgeon Dr. Timothy Fitzgerald recommended surgery as soon as possible, once Jones’ blocked bile duct opened enough to drain the buildup of digestive fluid. Jones didn’t hesitate.
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