Cancer study gains participants

ALBANY, Ga. — Recruitment for a clinical trial for early detection of colorectal cancer is still ongoing.

The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia is actively recruiting men and women of all races ages 65-84 who have no personal or immediate family history of colorectal cancer and who have not had a colonoscopy in at least nine years.

Officials with the Cancer Coalition say they have received a positive return on the number of potential candidates, with roughly 30 calls over the last few days. The coalition is partnering with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Phoebe Gastroenterology and Exact Sciences out of Wisconsin to conduct the study.

A spokeswoman for the Cancer Coalition said that Exact Sciences would like there to be 200 participants ages 65-84 involved in the study. Its participants use a take-home kit to provide stool samples. Within 90 days, the patient receives a pre-scheduled colonoscopy performed by a Phoebe gastroenterology physician.

Participants who complete the study receive a $100 stipend. For more information, call (229) 312-1700.