CCSCI Receives Grant to Enhance Clinical Trials Programs
Decatur, Illinois – Cancer Care Specialists of Central Illinois, S.C. (CCSCI) is one of only two community oncology practices in the country to receive a grant from the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The $30,000 grant will be used to enhance CCSCI’s clinical trials programs, which provide life-saving treatment options for people living with cancer.
Medical Oncologist/Hematologist Perry P. Guaglianone, MD, FACP accepted the 2011 Community Oncology Research Grant on behalf of Cancer Care Specialists of Central Illinois on Saturday, June 4, during a presentation at ASCO’s 47th Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Approximately 30,000 cancer specialists from around the world were expected to attend ASCO’s meetings this year. Only three practices received a Community Oncology Research Grant.
“This grant is made possible through our collaboration with the Decatur Memorial Hospital Cancer Care Institute,” said James L. Wade III, MD, FACP, President, Cancer Care Specialists of Central Illinois. “This grant will benefit cancer patients in Central and South-Central Illinois by enhancing access to research trials. Our research team will use this grant to develop a comprehensive website to serve as a central repository for clinical trials. This website will bring state-of-the-art research studies to the fingertips of the cancer doctor when he or she sees every patient. Before, trials were only available on paper format and often cumbersome to locate. Now, new research trials will be downloaded and made available for review in just seconds, thus expanding access for new therapies, improving patient education, and providing more treatment options for patients.”