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The Penrose Cancer Center has been involved in cancer
prevention and treatment clinical trials for more than 30
years. Since 1992, the Penrose Cancer Center has been part of the
Colorado Cancer Research
Program (CCRP). The National Cancer Institute
provides some funding, which allows us to offer national
cooperative group studies. The CCRP is designated as a Community
Clinical Oncology Program by the National Cancer Institute. In
addition to our affiliation with the CCRP, we joined the Radiation
Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) in 2007, the Center for Clinical
Trials (CCT) through Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) in 2008, and
we are now working with Accuray and Georgetown University Medical
Center on CyberKnife®
The NCI Community Cancer Centers Program contract has
provided us with the additional staff necessary to adequately
provide for our research patients. In 2009, the highly skilled
research nurses at Penrose Cancer Center enrolled 95 patients into
research studies. By 2010, that number had increased to 217
Penrose Cancer Center participates in several important registry
projects to collect data for researchers. Among these
projects are the Eppley Breast Registry, a repository for social,
demographic, environmental, clinical and family history on patients
with precancerous and cancerous breast disease developed by the
University of Nebraska Medical Center. Another is the ReCKord
CyberKnife® registry, an international registry database
designed to track CyberKnife® System utilization, practices and
outcomes in the treatment of cancers and benign tumors.
We have also recently signed a contract to work with The
Center for Translational Research (CTR). This is a biospecimen
banking repository and we will be developing physician initiated
studies through this group.
Current Clinical Trials available at the Penrose Cancer Center through CCRP. Non-CCRP Available Protocols (as of December 2013).
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