Friday, Sep 26, 2014
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded millions of dollars in grants to two Georgia-based consortiums made up of several provider organizations from throughout the state, including Harbin Clinic, which is a first-time NCI grant recipient. Of the two groups receiving the grant funding, one is led by Georgia Regents University (GRU) Cancer Center in Augusta and the other is a statewide partnership called Georgia NCORP.
Georgia NCORP received $5.85 million over five years, which will help provide Georgia residents access to clinical trials outside of an academic institution. There will be 110 oncology clinical providers participating in this program through their institutions. With the funding, the institutions will spearhead NCI’s Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) in their local communities to help uncover effective cancer prevention, diagnostic, and treatment strategies.
Georgia NCORP is comprised of Atlanta’s Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, Savannah’s St. Joseph's/Candler’s Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion, and the Georgia Center for Oncology, Research and Education (CORE). Harbin Clinic will work as an affiliate of Georgia CORE to implement NCORP in northwest Georgia. Other affiliates include the John B. Amos Cancer Center in Columbus, Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.
“Harbin Clinic is proud to be on the leading edge of cancer research, and this grant funding will help us to continue to be a catalyst for innovative cancer treatments and comprehensive oncology care in the state of Georgia,” said Dr. Melissa Dillmon, hematologist/oncologist at Harbin Clinic. “Now there will be more treatment options available right here in the community so patients don’t have to travel to academic centers and be away from their homes and crucial support systems.”
The Georgia NCORP consortium has been designated as an NCORP Community Site, one of only 34 sites awarded nationwide this year. The GRU-led consortium has been designated as a NCORP Minority/Underserved Community Site – the only one for Georgia, and one of just 12 selected nationally.
For more information about Harbin Clinic Cancer Center, visit online or call 762-235-3930.