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Media Contact: Vincent Joseph Dollard 07 November 2007    
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Academic and Community Oncologists Partner for Clinical Trials Statewide
The first statewide cancer clinical trial in Georgia is now available for early stage breast cancer patients. Coordinated by the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (Georgia CORE) and the Emory Winship Cancer Institute, the study is the first of its kind in Georgia in which an investigator from an academic medical facility will collaborate with community-based oncology practices and other academic centers to enroll patients in a clinical trial.

Ruth O'Regan, MD, associate professor of hematology and oncology at Emory Winship and a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar, is the principal investigator for the trial.

"This clinical trial is an important step forward for cancer patients in Georgia," says Dr. O'Regan. "Our vision is that patients throughout the state have access to the most innovative treatment opportunities regardless of where they live."

The study will be open at the following sites:

  • Emory Winship Cancer Institute (Atlanta)
  • Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady Health System (Atlanta)
  • Emory Crawford Long Hospital (Atlanta)
  • Augusta Oncology Associates (Augusta)
  • Central Georgia Cancer Care, P.C. (Macon, Warner Robbins)
  • Charles B. Eberhart Cancer Center at DeKalb Medical Center (Decatur)
  • John B. Amos Cancer Center (Columbus)
  • South Atlanta Hematology Oncology (East Point, Riverdale, Stockbridge)
  • Suburban Hematology Oncology (Duluth, Lawrenceville, Snellville)
  • Wellstar Health System- Georgia Cancer Specialists (Marietta, Austell)
  • Wellstar Health System- NW Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. (Austell, Carrollton, Marietta).

The randomized Phase II clinical trial will enroll early stage breast cancer patients in a comparison of different methods for administering two anti-cancer drugs. This trial is sponsored by Georgia CORE and supported by Sanofi-Aventis. For more information about the study, contact Georgia CORE's Research Director, Diane Hicklin, at or 404-588-4082.

About Georgia CORE The Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education is an independent, non-profit organization working to improve cancer care in Georgia by strengthening clinical research throughout the state. Founded in 2003, Georgia CORE is a collaboration of clinicians, scientists, educators, public health practitioners and those affected by cancer. The organization's mission is to improve the quality of cancer care in Georgia by strengthening clinical cancer research.

About the Emory Winship Cancer Institute As a leader in patient-centered cancer care and research, Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute (EWCI) serves as the coordinating center for a vast array of resources in medical, surgical, radiation oncology, diagnostic imaging, and the subspecialties of cancer care throughout Emory University - from blood and bone marrow stem cell transplants to internationally recognized breast reconstruction.

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