The National Comprehensive Cancer Network Provides Physicians Easier Identification of Clinical Trials for Their Patients
ROCKLEDGE, PA, November 5, 2002 – The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) today announced changes made to their Web site (www.nccn.org) which will allow physicians to more easily locate clinical trials. Physicians seeking new treatments for their patients with cancer often turn to clinical trials for answers. These research studies include trials testing new treatments, such as a new cancer drug or a new combination of drugs, new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy, or new therapies such as gene therapy or molecularly targeted therapy.
“The NCCN is continually developing informational tools to support physicians in their efforts to improve decision-making for patients,” said William T. McGivney, PhD, NCCN’s Chief Executive Officer. “Because research has shown that the appropriate management of any cancer is found in a clinical trial, we believe that this internet-based mechanism will make it easier for physicians to find clinical trials best suited to their patients’ needs.”
The NCCN is perhaps best known for their Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology. These guidelines are the standard for clinical policy in oncology in the United States. When viewing these algorithms online, physicians now have the ability to search clinical trial listings at NCCN’s member institutions for their patients. On the table of contents page for each guideline, physicians will find a boxed clinical trial section containing a link to ongoing clinical trials at NCCN member institutions. The site is very user-friendly and intuitive, making it easier for physicians to find the type of information they are seeking.
Physicians can also access the information by simply going to the home page of the Web site. From there, they can just click on the Clinical Trials link.
These changes will enable physicians to learn about clinical trials being conducted at NCCN member institutions in their own region as well as across the nation. This same information is also available to patients, so physicians will easily be able to refer their patients to view the material on their own.
About the National Comprehensive Cancer Network
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of 23 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
- 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