September 25, 2023
The University of Kansas Cancer Center and its outreach network, Masonic Cancer Alliance (MCA), have been recognized for their work recruiting cancer patients and survivors to participate in clinical trials via the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP).
The KU Cancer Center-MCA team was initially awarded the NCORP grant in 2019. Recently, the team received NCORP’s Platinum Certificate of Excellence for exceptional achievement in patient enrollments and was named the SWOG-credited Top Accruing NCORP site. Of the 14 NCORP designated minority/underserved community sites, the KU Cancer Center-MCA team is one of only two such sites to receive a Platinum Certificate of Excellence. Additionally, more than 50 providers from the KU Cancer Center-MCA team received individual honors from NCORP for their work in engaging participants in clinical trials.
The NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) is a network of community-based oncology practices and research centers across the U.S. that collaborates with the NCI to conduct cancer clinical trials. The program's primary goal is to bring clinical trials and cancer care delivery research to individuals in their own communities, making it easier for patients to participate in cancer research and access leading-edge treatments. There are 14 NCORP designated minority/underserved community sites. The KU Cancer Center-MCA team is the only one focusing its efforts on rural communities.