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Local Cancer Research Program Receives Grant

Matthew Hine

A local cancer research program will be able to continue its research studies thanks to a $5 million grant.

The money for Cancer Research for the Ozarks, also known as the Ozarks Regional Community Clinical Oncology Program, comes from the National Cancer Institute in the form of a Community Oncology Research grant.

An NCI grant helped establish CRO in 1987.  It’s a cooperative venture of CoxHealth and Mercy.

Dr. Jay Carlson with Cancer Research of the Ozarks, said in a news release that the grant means they can continue making a difference in the lives of cancer patients in their service area.

“For many cancer patients throughout the Ozarks region, being a part of a CRO research trial in the past has saved their lives, enhanced their quality of life or extended life in a meaningful way,” he said.

Patients participate in clinical trials through CRO from eight research bases:  Cancer Trials Support Unit (CTSU), Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), MDAnderson, SunCoast at the University of South Florida, National Surgical Bowel and Breast Project (NSABP), North Central Cancer Therapy Group (NCCTG), Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) and Wake Forest University.