Samaritan Cancer Program accepted by international alliance

May 1,2013
The Samaritan Cancer Program is pleased to announce its new membership with the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology.

The Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology is a national Cooperative Cancer Research clinical trials network sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. Clinical trials are a type of research testing treatments, drugs or devices in humans. By becoming a member of the Alliance, Samaritan joins nearly 10,000 cancer specialists at hospitals, medical centers and communities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Linda Fox-Wassen, the supervisor for clinical research with the Center for Health Research & Quality at Samaritan, explains the benefits of the new affiliation: “Access to Cooperative research studies will greatly expand the access to clinical trials for local patients. These trials may include an investigational drug, but they may also include cancer prevention research or comparing current treatments to see what could be more appropriate for treatment standards.” The Samaritan Cancer Program has been active in conducting pharmaceutical-sponsored clinical trials for about four years.

Nationally only about three percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients participate in cancer clinical trials. As part of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center’s accreditation with the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, Samaritan includes about six percent of all cases on studies. With the increased availability of trials available through the Alliance, Samaritan hopes to increase that number to eight to 10 percent over the next three years.

“Cooperative group oncology trials are cutting-edge trials that help determine the standard of care in cancer treatment,” said Dr. David Hufnagel, principal investigator of the clinical trials at Samaritan. “Our collaboration with the Alliance will give patients in this community access to a wide variety of cooperative group trials.”

The Samaritan Cancer Program is a comprehensive cancer treatment network serving patients across Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties.

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