HASTINGS – A Mary Lanning Healthcare oncologist, Sitki Copur, has appeared in two national publications for his rural clinical trials breakthroughs.
In most rural areas clinical trial enrollment is at about 5 percent. In South Central Nebraska, in large part to Dr. Copur’s efforts, it is around 35 percent.
He says that clinical trials are very important in cancer research.
Why do we care about clinical trial enrollments? Because cancer science progresses through clinical trials. Today’s standards treatments I give my patients, if they’re not on trial, was a trial ten years ago. So, in short, today’s clinical trials are tomorrow’s best care.
Dr. Copur says that many doctors and researchers from around the country are contacting him to get his input because of the articles in Scientific American and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Dr. Copur is well known in Central Nebraska, having emigrated from Turkey in 1995 to further his education in cancer research. In addition, he continues to care for patients at the Morrison Cancer Center.