The wave of NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) funding for clinical trials expansion to minority and underserved communities continues now with $13.6 million of funding directed to Ochsner Cancer Institute (Ochsner) along with Gulf South NCORP partner.
Who is in this Network?
This NCORP clinical trials network includes Ochsner Cancer Institute, Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport—Cancer Center, LSU Health New Orleans Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. Ochsner has been a NCORP grant recipient since the program began in 2014 and an NCI Oncology Program site since 1983, reports Onclive.
This part of the United States is known as a “cancer alley”. Moreover, it has large populations of African Americans. With the third highest cancer incidence rates in the U.S., Louisiana loses more than 9,000 residents each year to cancer. Disparities in minority cancer incident rates are of national concern—black males overall have the highest cancer incidence and death rates of all major racial/ethnic groups and black females have 13 percent higher cancer death rates than non-Hispanic white females, despite 7 percent lower incidence rates. As a group, Hispanics in the U.S. have the highest rates for cancers associated with infection (ex. cervical, liver and stomach cancers).
Goal of the Network
The new Clinical Trials Network will offer cancer care and access to clinical trials for more than 50% of newly diagnosed cancer patients in the region, expand the number of sites offering access to clinical trials from 22 to 42 and increase the proportion of minority patients participating in NCORP trials. The network will capitalize on the clinical subspecialties at the primary affiliate sites, utilize the valuable samples in biorepositories to advance research in health disparities and treatment, not to mention expand its partnerships with community health organizations.
Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner’s 40 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and specialty hospitals, and more than 100 health centers and urgent care centers. Ochsner is the #1 ranked hospital in Louisiana by U.S. News & World Report and is recognized as a “Best Hospital” across two specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 70 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs nearly 25,000 employees and over 4,500 employed and affiliated physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts more than 700 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment
Augusto Ochoa, MD, Director LSU Health New Orleans Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center
Call to Action: Are you an African American or Hispanic in this part of the country (or are you simply struggling economically) and diagnosed with cancer? This group may be able to offer a second opinion.