September 24, 2018
Trident Medical Center announced today that it will participate with Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, in a study called STRIVE, which focuses on developing a test for early cancer detection. The STRIVE Study is designed to determine if a blood test can complement mammography screenings by identifying genomic material arising from tumors to help discover breast and other cancers at their earliest stages.
“With this announcement Trident Medical Center marks a major milestone in its commitment to women’s health,” said radiologist Brian Burke, MD, who will serve as the study's lead on-site physician. "We hope the study participants from the Lowcountry and around the United States will one day soon be able to say, ’I made a difference.’”
The study, sponsored by GRAIL, Inc., is seeking to enroll 120,000 women across participating sites. Women who volunteer to participate will provide a blood sample and complete a short questionnaire at the time of their regular screening mammogram. In addition, participants will be followed and their health records will be monitored for up to five years for new cancer diagnoses.
“By participating in this exciting research effort, women in South Carolina's Lowcountry will join other women around the country to help GRAIL scientists in their efforts to develop a test that is intended to enhance our ability to detect cancer at earlier and more treatable stages,” said Dax Kurbegov, MD, principal investigator of the STRIVE Study at Sarah Cannon and Vice President and Physician-in-Chief of Clinical Programs for Sarah Cannon. “The study is designed to help develop a test that can identify tiny fragments of genomic material that may signal the presence of breast or other cancers.”
The study is being offered to women undergoing screening mammograms at several Sarah Cannon locations, including Trident Medical Center. For more information on the STRIVE Study, to see the list of participating sites or to learn if you might be eligible to join, women can visit Join STRIVE, email STRIVE or call 1-833-I-STRIVE (833-478-7483).