Louisiana and Gulf South residents will soon have more options for advanced cancer treatment, thanks to a $5.6 million National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) award. The NCORP grant will continue through 2019 and focus on conducting multi-site cancer clinical trials and cancer care delivery research studies in many Louisiana communities.
The Cancer Center is collaborating with LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans and LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, referred to collectively as the Gulf South Minority/Underserved NCI Community Oncology Research Program (GS-MU-NCORP), to combine our strengths and experiences and bring more state-of-the-art NCI clinical trials to Louisiana cancer patients. Through this effort, we will reach about 80 percent of the state, including the most rural and urban areas where there are often great disparities in cancer care.
It is also expected that this grant will expand cancer prevention, screening and survivorship clinical trials to improve early diagnosis and treatment as well as help patients cope with the extended process of getting back to their pre-cancer lives. Additionally, the initiative will include a multidisciplinary approach to patient care to provide the most comprehensive treatment plan for patients.