TriStar Summit December 13, 2017

Nashville, TN — Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, announced today that TriStar Summit Medical Center will participate in a new study, called STRIVE, which focuses on developing a test for early breast cancer detection. The STRIVE Study is designed to determine if a blood test can complement mammography screenings by identifying genetic material arising from tumors to help discover breast cancer at its earliest stages.

“I am excited to share that TriStar Summit is one of 6 Sarah Cannon sites selected to participate in the STRIVE Study”, stated Kevin Hamilton, MD, Chief Medical Officer at TriStar Summit Medical Center. The study is designed to determine if a blood test can complement mammography screenings by identifying genetic material arising from tumors to help discover breast cancer at its earliest stages.

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 our communities will help 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, 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 identify tiny fragments of genetic material that may signal the presence of breast cancer, and may help guide healthcare decisions by providing more information and reducing uncertainty.”

The study will be offered to women undergoing screening mammograms at the following Sarah Cannon locations: TriStar Summit Medical Center and TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, TN; Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, MO; Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, KS; and Henrico Doctors’ Hospital and Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond, VA. 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 JoinSTRIVE.com, email STRIVE@sarahcannon.com or call 1-833-ISTRIVE (833-478-7483).