The Fort Washington, Pa.-based National Comprehensive Cancer Network Affiliate Research Project, developed by the network’s Oncology Research Program, last month announced it has qualified the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute in Sandy Springs for the project.
The institute is a community-based associate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center — one of the 23 network member institutions.
“The newly established collaboration between NCCN and Northside Hospital Cancer Institute will benefit both patients and investigators involved in NCCN ORP-funded clinical trials,” said Diane Paul, MS, RN, vice president of the network’s Oncology Research program. “NCCN is excited to welcome Northside Hospital Cancer Institute as the newest affiliate in this landmark project.”
Located in Sandy Springs with 33 satellite facilities across Georgia, the institute is operating as an network Affiliate Research Program site under the leadership of Guilherme Cantuaria, MD, PhD, medical director and principal investigator, NCI Community Cancer Center Program at Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, and is the 10th community-based network member institution affiliate to quality for the Affiliate Research, increasing the scope of potential patients for the more than 75 actively accruing Oncology Research Program clinical trials. The institute joins Medical Center of Central Georgia in representing the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center as a community-based affiliate in the project.
“We are delighted to be joining the NCCN ARP, as we continuously strive to offer our cancer patients access to the very latest in clinical trials, research, and treatments,” Cantuaria said. “It remains paramount that Northside continue to provide the most comprehensive cancer care to our patients in order to offer them the very best clinical outcomes possible.”
As part of the project, Northside Hospital Cancer Institute will have access to new and innovative cancer drugs for patients in collaboration with network member institutions, and principal investigators of network-funded studies will have access to the institute as an institute-qualified community site.
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