How we’re keeping children’s cancer trials going
Trials involving young patients have continued at the hospital, despite the pandemic.
Tracey Crowe, Lead Nurse for Paedriatric Oncology Research at the Oak Centre for Children and Young People said: “There have been challenging times for our patients, who often travel a long distance to our centre for treatment. Fear of the unknown was infectious, but regular contact and constant reassurance of the continuation of our service, albeit with slight changes, ensured that the families continued to receive the best care possible.
“We found different ways of working to reduce footfall into the hospital where appropriate, and helped our trial patients to continue on treatment safely and in line with the trial protocol by supporting them closer to home.
“We also converted some Royal Marsden visits to a local hospital review that included a telephone consultation with our team. This could be incorporated into future trial designs to increase recruitment.”