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Cancer Prevention Study-3

Members of the South Coast community have the opportunity to take part in a groundbreaking, national cancer prevention study that is enrolling participants at Southcoast Hospitals.

Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) is the latest addition to the American Cancer Society's groundbreaking cancer prevention studies, which have been instrumental in helping identify major factors that can affect cancer risk.

Researchers say CPS-3 holds the best hope of identifying new and emerging cancer risks. But its success depends on members of the community becoming involved.

Researchers will use data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from those earlier cancer prevention studies, which began in the 1950s and involved hundreds of thousands of volunteer participants.

The Southcoast™ Centers for Cancer Care, along with the City of New Bedford and YMCA Southcoast are working with ACS to promote and enroll residents in the study.

Enrolling is simple.

At an initial enrollment session at the hospital, you will complete a survey, have your waist measured and give a small non-fasting blood sample like what you would do during a routine doctor visit. Participants will also complete a more detailed survey at home and will continue to receive periodic follow-up surveys in the future.

Enrollment sessions are:

  • Tuesday, June 4, 2 - 6:30 p.m., Charlton Memorial Hospital, 363 Highland Avenue, Fall River.
  • Wednesday, June 5, noon - 4:30 p.m., St. Luke's Hospital, 101 Page Street, New Bedford.
  • Wednesday, June 5, 3 - 6:30 p.m., Fort Taber Community Center, 1000 South Rodney French Boulevard, New Bedford.
  • Thursday, June 6, noon - 4:30 p.m., Tobey Hospital, 43 High Street, Wareham.

There will also be a CPS-3 enrollment at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Fall River, Friday, June 21, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River. No appointment is necessary to enroll at the Relay.

"At Southcoast, we are focused on preventing cancer in addition to providing the very best care and treatment options available," said Elizabeth Blanchard, MD, medical oncologist and Director of the Clinical Trials Program for Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care. "In addition to changing our own health habits, many of us can help cancer research by taking the time to participate in this study and, thus, adding to the extensive body of knowledge that helps all of us better understand this devastating disease. It is a simple, but very valuable contribution that you can make to this cause."

Those interested are encouraged to schedule an enrollment appointment. You can do this by visiting the American Cancer Society's website at or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

Click here to download a flyer about the CPS-3 study (PDF)

Click here for more information from the American Cancer Society



Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care in Fairhaven provides the full spectrum of radiation therapy and medical oncology plus support services and plenty of free and convenient valet parking.

206 Mill Road
Fairhaven, MA 02719

Phone: 508-973-3000

Fall River
Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care in the Mitchell Building at Charlton Memorial Hospital provides radiation therapy, medical oncology at Charlton's Jarabek Center, support services and free valet parking.

506 Prospect Street
Fall River, MA 02720

Phone: 508-973-7888

Named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance.

Accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

The Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care is a QOPI® Certified program. Certification by the QOPI Certification Program is an acknowledgement that this practice meets certain defined quality and safety standards in the administration of cancer care.

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