Dedicated to bringing clinical trials with promising new cancer therapies to communities where patients live, the NCCTG is a national network of cancer specialists at community clinics, hospitals and medical centers in the United States and Canada. NCCTG specializes in researching methods of treating and preventing cancer, as well as methods to alleviate the side effects of cancer and cancer treatments.
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center serves as the research base for NCCTG, providing clinical and laboratory research expertise. More than 200 Mayo Clinic physicians and Ph.D. scientists actively participate in all stages of NCCTG research, including clinical trial development, treatment and data analysis. In addition, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center provides centralized statistical and operations support for the NCCTG network, coordinating the administration and data analysis for all NCCTG clinical trials.
With this enrollment, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center becomes an affiliate site to Mayo Clinic of Florida. By becoming a member of NCCTG, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center now has the opportunity to participate in large clinical trials.
“More than 1.3 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer this year,” said Christopher Windham, MD, Surgical Oncologist and Medical Director and the Director of the Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Program at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center. “By becoming a member of NCCTG, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center expands the advanced medical cancer care for our region. This will positively impact patient care by giving patients access to clinical trials locally, avoiding the need to travel to be in a trial, sometimes having to go out of state.”
A clinical trial for breast cancer patients will be opened first, followed by additional cancer trials in the near future.
Since NCCTG began, over 60,000 patients have participated in NCCTG clinical trials. Over the past 27 years, NCCTG physicians and researchers have conducted clinical trials that have strengthened their understanding of cancer and cancer treatment. This knowledge has led to the development of better treatments that have improved the quality of life for cancer patients and helped many patients live longer.
About The North Central Cancer Treatment Group
The North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG) is a national clinical research group sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. NCCTG consists of a network of cancer specialists at community clinics, hospitals and medical centers in the United States and Canada. The research base for NCCTG is located at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
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