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St. Joseph Mercy Cancer Program recognized for improving patient care through clinical trials
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06/20/2013
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St. Joseph Mercy Cancer Program recognized for improving patient care through clinical trials

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – (June 20, 2013) – St. Joseph Mercy Cancer Program is one of only seven community oncology research programs in the country recognized by the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) for improving cancer care through high-quality clinical trials programs.

In 2012, St. Joseph Mercy Cancer Program in the Ann Arbor, Brighton, Canton and Chelsea locations, enrolled more than 180 patients in clinical trials, giving them the opportunity to receive cutting-edge cancer therapies. The program was able to improve outcomes by offering more than 200 ongoing clinical trials in almost every cancer type. Trials are investigating new chemotherapies, targeted cancer treatments, radiation therapy and surgical techniques.

“As physicians, our number one goal is to provide our patients with the best possible care available,” said Philip Stella, MD, medical director of St. Joseph Mercy Cancer Program. “In 2012, more than ten percent of our patients participated in cancer clinical trials. We are honored to have been chosen for this award.”

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Clinical Trials Participation Award was established in 2003 by ASCO as part of the Clinical Trials Task Force’s strategic plan to increase clinical trial awareness and participation by physicians. The award was designed to recognize and promote high-quality clinical research sites in order to further the impact of oncology research and has been supported by the Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups through the Conquer Cancer Foundation for 11 consecutive years.

“The Conquer Cancer Foundation and ASCO are pleased to honor St. Joseph Mercy Cancer Program with the Clinical Trials Participation Award for providing patients with access to high-quality clinical research that contributes towards progress against cancer,” said W. Charles Penley, MD, FASCO, Chair of the Conquer Cancer Foundation Board of Directors. St. Joseph Mercy Cancer Program has won this award twice since 2003.

This year’s award recipients were selected based on several factors, including patient accrual to clinical trials. Special consideration was given to practices that increased clinical trial participation among underrepresented populations, as well as practices that use innovative techniques to overcome barriers to the enrollment of cancer patients in clinical trials.

In addition to being a community leader in providing patients access to clinical trials, the St. Joseph Mercy Cancer Program offers patients cancer care and treatment from a compassionate, skilled and dedicated professional staff. St. Joseph Mercy Cancer Program provides patients and their families access to nurse navigation, multidisciplinary clinics, spiritual and psychosocial support services.

For more information on participating in a clinical trial at St. Joseph Mercy Cancer Program, contact Beth LaVasseur, RN, MS, at 734-712-5658 or lavasseb@trinity-health.org. For a complete list of available clinical trials, visit www.mcrconline.org.

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving six counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital. Combined, the six hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have six outpatient health centers, four urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians.

A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed improving the health of its communities by reinvesting its profits back into the community through new technologies, vital health services, and access for all. The hospitals of SJMHS provide approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.

For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit www.stjoeshealth.org.

About the Conquer Cancer Foundation
The Conquer Cancer Foundation is working to create a world free from the fear of cancer by funding breakthrough research, by sharing knowledge with physicians and patients worldwide, and by supporting initiatives to ensure that all people have access to high-quality cancer care. Working in close collaboration with a global network of top scientists and clinicians, as well as leading advocacy and research organizations, the Foundation draws on the passion and expertise of the more than 30,000 oncology professionals who are members of its affiliate organization, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). For more information, visit www.conquercancerfoundation.org.
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