Heartland Cancer Research Supports Cancer & Blood Cancer Patients with Drive-Thru Testing Service During COVID-19 Pandemic

May 18, 2020 | Cancer Research as a Care Option, COVID-19 Test, Drive-thru Testing, Heartland Cancer Research

Heartland Cancer Research Supports Cancer & Blood Cancer Patients with Drive-Thru Testing Service During COVID-19 Pandemic

Heartland Cancer Research NCORP is one of 34 national networks that comprise the National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP). Funded and led by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), NCORP is the result of NCI’s ongoing collaboration with community investigators bringing high-quality, accountable and FDA regulated research into the community over the past three decades. Most recently, the Decatur-based clinical investigational site added services to help the community of cancer and blood disease patients with a safe and compliant drive-through laboratory services for outpatients during the COVID-19 crisis.

An Important Infrastructure for Cancer Patients During COVID-19 Pandemic

As reported by The Cancer Letter, this important and beneficial service helps patients with cancer and blood diseases to have convenient and safe access to laboratory studies for treatment or clinical trials during the public health crisis associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Educational Material Informing Cancer & Blood Disease Patients

Heartland Cancer Research is dedicated to patient engagement, education and empowerment and hence offers a range of educational materials. At their Springfield Clinic, they developed an educational video for patients describing this drive-thru service to support patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and associated public health crisis. The Cancer Letter reports the positive impact thus far of the service.

Meeting State & Local ‘Shelter-in-Place’ orders

Hence, now cancer and blood disease patients have a safe and convenient place they can be driven to at both the Springfield Clinic (Springfield, IL; Preet P. Singh, Sub-PI for Disparities and Cancer Care Delivery Research) and Missouri Baptist Medical Center (St. Louis, MO; Bryan A. Faller, principal investigator). Now once the patients arrive in the designated parking zone, they can call the registration office and register for the visit right on the spot.

The Process

Thereafter, a phlebotomist visits the patient outside in the designated parking zone and administers a blood draw as the patient safely extends their arm out the car window. The patient can obtain results, along with additional instructions via a telephone call or online via their patient portal.

About Heartland Cancer Research

Heartland Cancer Research, is funded and led by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), committed to  community-based cancer care including clinical trials or what can be called research as a care option. Patients can access state-of-the-art cancer therapies in a close, safe and convenient setting.

Heartland Cancer Research is affiliated with multiple NCI-sponsored research bases and cooperative groups, such as Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (Alliance), Cancer Trials Support Unit (CTSU), ECOG-ACRIN, NRG Oncology, Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), University of Rochester Cancer Center (URCC), and Wake Forest University Comprehensive Cancer Center. Current clinical trials can be seen here

Call to Action: If you are based in Illinois or Missouri and have a loved one facing a cancer diagnosis, Heartland Cancer Research represents a compelling community health resource.


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