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May 17 - St. Joseph’s/Candler Gets Federal Stimulus Funds to Expand Cancer Research

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Ten new cancer projects will be funded at St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion with $1.49 million from the National Cancer Institute.

The National Cancer Institute is using $80 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to expand cancer research at the 14 sites of the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) and 15 new sites.

“This is recognition from the NCI that the Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion is a leader in fighting and researching the causes of cancer,” said Paul P. Hinchey, President and CEO of SJ/C. “Patients don’t have to travel hundreds of miles away to find the best care.”

The Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion (LCRP) was named one of the original sites in 2007 and developed unique approaches to finding and treating cancer through the NCCCP. The program has allowed cancer patients access to new clinical trials that weren’t available in Savannah before.

These new projects will flex the LCRP’s research arm even more with new clinical trials, studying ways to better engage physicians in minority communities and analyzing how multidisciplinary care affects patient outcomes. A full list of new projects is below.

“This new funding will strengthen and further support our clinical trial efforts to allow patients to have access to the latest evidence based care right in their own community,” said Dr. Howard Zaren, medical director and principal investigator for the NCCCP. “The award focuses on research based cancer care that spans the full cancer continuum from prevention, screening, diagnoses & treatment, survivorship and end of life care.”

The NCCCP is a network of community-hospital cancer centers that is working to provide research-based cancer care spanning the full cancer continuum – from prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship through end-of-life care. The program is designed as a community-based platform to support basic, clinical and population-based research initiatives.

The expansion uses approximately $40 million of ARRA funds to support additional research opportunities within the original network of 16 NCCCP sites and another $40 million of ARRA funds to expand the network to include 14 new community cancer centers in eight new states.

The NCCCP is designed to create new research opportunities across the cancer continuum from screening and treatment to follow-up care, with an emphasis on minority and underserved populations.

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