OAKLAND, Calif. — A new five-year, $7.3 million award from the National Cancer Institute will allow Kaiser Permanente to expand its innovative cancer clinical trials program. (NCI subsequently increased the award to $10.4 million.)
The award, part of the NCI Community Oncology Research Program, will help Kaiser Permanente focus on “enrolling patients in the NCI National Clinical Trials Network, testing cutting-edge therapies, and comparing existing cancer treatments on a patient-by-patient basis,” said Lou Fehrenbacher, MD, director of Kaiser Permanente Northern California’s Oncology Clinical Trials and the NCORP program director at Kaiser Permanente.
The grant will contribute to the clinical trial programs in Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California, Southern California, Northwest, Colorado and Hawaii regions, and will allow Kaiser Permanente cancer care teams to offer a broad menu of clinical trials.
The new funding will also allow Kaiser Permanente to expand its focus on research into cancer care delivery. This includes:
- Evaluating alternative treatment delivery systems
- Examining disease prevention
- Exploring pain and symptom management
- Investigating disparities in cancer outcomes and how to eliminate them
“As an integrated health care delivery system with a comprehensive electronic health record, Kaiser Permanente will use this new grant to reinforce and strengthen its clinical trials platform, which will ensure our patients receive the best evidence-based cancer care possible,” said Karen Emmons, vice president for research and director of the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute.
“Our Kaiser Permanente research program represents about one of every 40 cancer patients in the U.S.,” said Jonathan Polikoff, MD, oncologist, director of the Kaiser Permanente Cancer Clinical Trials Access Program, Kaiser Permanente Southern California. “This enables us to be one of the more effective organizations preventing, diagnosing and treating all aspects of cancer, including experimental targeted therapy for advanced malignancies.”
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