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Patients in safe hands as experienced team appointed to run cancer trials

TEAM EFFORT: Oncologist Dr Rob Zielinski, clinical trials manager Stephen Millard and nurse Kerry Lenton, Cancer Care Western NSW fundraising chair Jan Savage and Orange mayor John Davis at yesterday’s announcement. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0814carewest2ORANGE’s cancer trial unit is expanding, with the appointment of two highly-experienced medical staff funded by a donation of $150,000 from Cancer Care Western NSW.
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While Dr Rob Zielinski will lead the trials, Stephen Millard will manage the team.

He relocated from Sydney where he was at the coalface of cancer trials at St George Hospital.

“The trials to be run here are the opportunity to put Orange on the map,” Mr Millard said.

Working alongside him will be newly-appointed clinical trials nurse Kerry Lenton, who has 30 years on nursing experience and several years in data management.

“I am really passionate about how we can better improve patient rates for trials in hospitals,” she said.

Also on the team is clinical trials co-ordinator Alison Coote, who was appointed by the Orange Health Service last year.

Mr Millard said he was thrilled to move to Orange to start the major trial work.

“I have been working on trials for a range of cancers and the wonderful thing about trials is that people are presented with new opportunities to try different medications,” he said.

“My aim is to offer these trials to patients as an alternative to having to go to Sydney.”

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