Advertised Summary Job Description: This position will fill an important role to support the GI Oncology team treating patients with pancreatic cancer within the Pancreas Center. Pancreatic cancer is an unmet need in clinical oncology, even patients with good prognosis have a 80% chance of experiencing treatment failure and eventually succumb to the disease. The goal of this position is to increase access to ongoing clinical research so that every willing and eligible patient can be enrolled on a clinical trial. The role of the navigator will be to facilitate and augment patient recruitment to clinical trials, and to facilitate and enhance the delivery of clinical trials for review, and to work with physicians to obtain needed samples prior to enrollment. As pancreas cancer is an aggressive disease that progresses rapidly, one of the key responsibilities for this candidate will be to decrease the time it takes from clinical trial recruitment to initiating treatment for patients.
The individual will need to be familiar with open and upcoming trials that patients with pancreatic, neuroendocrine, liver, and biliary cancers may be eligible for these are trials in the Pancreas Center, the Phase I group, and in the GI group. The Research Navigator will be responsible for identifying patients in clinic (with input from physicians, nurse practitioners and nurses) and discussing options with the clinical team. The Research Navigator will not care for patients after they are enrolled on interventional clinical trial or replace the roles fulfilled by the CPDM. The focus will be to interact with both the clinical team within the Pancreas Center and the research team within the CPDM to bridge patients to clinical trial. The Research Navigator will also facilitate patient engagement in non-interventional studies including biomarker studies, supportive care and imaging studies within the Pancreas Center.
1- Serve as a central resource for patients and collaborating physicians to learn about clinical trial opportunities in the Pancreas Center
2- Generate a precis to describe each clinical trial ? posting on the Pancreas Center website
3- Attend Phase I and GI research meetings to maintain awareness of currently available and upcoming options for this patient population
4- Coordinate with the surgical team (especially new patient schedulers in the pancreas center) to provide up to date information about available trials and help facilitate appropriate medical oncology follow up
5-Identify potential subjects for clinical trial participation, including review of new patients on clinic lists with clinical teams
6- Attend weekly Pancreas Center multidisciplinary conference to identify and advocate for clinical trial participation for appropriate patients
7- Communicate with patients and with the CPDM to facilitate patient enrollment
8- Inform research team about potential patients ? place patients on Phase I waiting list, or GI team waiting list.
9- Discuss potential clinical trials with patients as appropriate ? after coordination with clinical team
10- Coordinate with Pancreas Center to collect biopsies or data on trials that are not conducted by CPDM --- e.g. enrolling patient on a Natural History study that would collect DNA for pharmacogenomics studies
11- Manage communications with IRB for non-therapeutic trials
12- Educate patients about clinical trials in general and about specific clinical trials
13- Generate teaching materials for patients as needed
14- Consent patients for clinical trial when appropriate
15- Assist investigators with developing new trials including non-interventional trials; assist with generating tools for clinical trial development
16- Work with clinical trial templates to aid PIs in protocol preparation and submission process
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in healthcare related field and 3 years of related work experience
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications:
Preferred Qualifications: R.N. Degree Preferred
3 years experience within Academic Research setting preferred
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