Annie Alidina, ARNP
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Phase 1 clinical trials
People who choose to participate in research give a big part of themselves, and that generosity can have an enormous impact on future patients.”
Why do you care for patients who are participating in clinical trials?
I find it fascinating to see how a drug works and to follow its evolution from a mere idea in basic research to a therapy in the clinic that eventually moves on to later-stage trials. It’s rewarding to see medicines emerge that are more effective, better tolerated and more precisely targeted to specific cancer types. In the last 10 years, we’ve gone from relying on drugs that were quite toxic to new therapies that are gentler on the body and give people a better quality of life. I enjoy being part of that progress.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner who works with patients participating in Phase 1 clinical trials. These early-phase trials investigate the safety, proper dosing and efficacy of new therapies for a variety of cancers. I help with screening and enrollment, and I also evaluate patients throughout the trial, helping them maintain the best quality of life possible.
I bring more than 10 years of experience and a range of expertise to my role at SCCA. My background includes working in basic research, public health and women’s health.
How do you help patients?
People who choose to participate in research give a big part of themselves, and that generosity can have an enormous impact on future patients. I want trial participants to know how important they are to making breakthroughs in cancer care possible. If you’re considering a trial, I work with you to figure out if you’re a good fit. Education is an important part of my role; I want you to understand what you’re signing up for, and I also enjoy sharing with you the science involved. During the process of a trial, I’ll meet with you regularly to evaluate your health and manage any side effects that come up.