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NCCN Receives Research Grant to Evaluate Pralatrexate in Solid Tumors and Hematologic Malignancies


NCCN recently received a research grant from Allos Therapeutics, Inc. to evaluate the role of pralatrexate in the treatment of select hematologic malignancies and solid tumors. Pralatrexate is the only agent currently approved by the FDA to treat patients with relapsed or refractory peripheral T-cell lymphoma. Investigators from NCCN Member Institutions are eligible to apply for the research funding.


November 10, 2009

FORT WASHINGTON, PA — The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has been awarded a research grant from Allos Therapeutics, Inc. to support clinical studies of pralatrexate (FOLOTYN™, Allos Therapeutics, Inc.) in the treatment of select hematologic malignancies and solid tumors.

Pralatrexate was recently approved by the FDA to treat patients with relapsed or refractory peripheral T-cell lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that is relatively uncommon, but particularly aggressive. Clinical trials supported by this grant will focus on evaluating innovative single agent and combination studies of pralatrexate in Burkitt’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma, specific indolent lymphomas, ovarian cancer, head and neck cancer, prostate cancer, gastroesophageal cancer, and colorectal cancer.

“NCCN is committed to enhancing cancer care by evaluating new agents such as pralatrexate to determine their full potential in treating several types of cancer,” says William T. McGivney, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, NCCN. “Through this research grant from Allos Therapeutics, Inc., we are pleased to provide NCCN Member Institutions with an opportunity to take part in innovative cancer research with the hope that their work will ultimately benefit patients with cancer.”

Pralatrexate is a chemotherapy drug classified as an antifolate that works by interfering with the ability of cancer cells to divide, resulting in cell death. It is a targeted therapy that is designed to accumulate preferentially in cancer cells.

“Our collaboration represents a unique opportunity to benefit from the research expertise of NCCN and the NCCN Member Institutions, as we explore the potential of investigator initiated clinical studies of FOLOTYN,” said Paul L. Berns, President and Chief Executive Officer at Allos Therapeutics, Inc. “We are pleased to support an organization that shares our commitment to innovative cancer research.”

The NCCN Oncology Research Program (ORP) facilitates all phases of clinical research by identifying clinical investigators and initiating trials at NCCN Member Institutions. The NCCN ORP draws on the expertise of investigators at 21 of the world’s leading cancer centers and establishes collaborations with pharmaceutical and biotech companies in order to advance therapeutic options for patients with cancer. To date, the NCCN ORP has provided more than $20 million in research funding to investigators at NCCN Member Institutions.

About the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of 25 of the world's leading cancer centers, is dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer. Through the leadership and expertise of clinical professionals at NCCN Member Institutions, NCCN develops resources that present valuable information to the numerous stakeholders in the health care delivery system. As the arbiter of high-quality cancer care, NCCN promotes the importance of continuous quality improvement and recognizes the significance of creating clinical practice guidelines appropriate for use by patients, clinicians, and other health care decision-makers. The primary goal of all NCCN initiatives is to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of oncology practice so patients can live better lives. For more information, visit NCCN.org.

The NCCN Member Institutions are:

  • Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at The Nebraska Medical Center
  • City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center
    Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
  • Duke Cancer Institute
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center / Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
  • Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
  • Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Moffitt Cancer Center
  • The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital/The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Stanford Cancer Institute
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
  • UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • University of Colorado Cancer Center
  • University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
  • Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital