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HSHS St. Vincent Cancer Research Institute Team Receives Awards for Clincial Trials

(Oct. 16, 2018) HSHS St. Vincent Cancer Research Institute and Green Bay Oncology physicians, as part of HSHS St. Vincent Hospital Cancer Centers received awards from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
The NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) recently awarded recognition to physicians, recognizing their exceptional efforts in enrolling qualified patients in cancer clinical trials.

Dr. Tony Jaslowski received the gold award with 29-39 enrollments. Dr. Matthew Ryan, Dr. Brian Burnette, Dr. Jon Brandt and Dr. Sigurdur Bodvarsson each received the silver award for 10-19 enrollments, all demonstrating their exceptional commitment to advancing cancer care.

Clinical trials are critical to the advancements in cancer treatments.   Although significant progress has been made in early diagnosis of cancer and in cancer treatment, there continues to be a large unmet need and many unanswered questions for many types of cancers.  Clinical trials provide patients with access to emerging therapies while also helping to provide data needed to improve cancer care and survival overall.

Nationally, approximately 2-4% of cancer patients participate in clinical trials.  At the HSHS St. Vincent Hospital Cancer Centers, we have enrolled from 13% -21% of patients annually in the past five years.   This is due to the large number of clinical trial opportunities we offer, along with our oncologists’ unwavering commitment to provide patients with the most advanced options available.

An award was also bestowed to our NCORP site for overall accrual to cancer control and treatment trials between August 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Wisconsin NCORP received a platinum award for more than 115 accruals during the period.

NCORP is a national NCI-supported network that brings cancer prevention and treatment clinical trials and cancer care delivery research to people throughout the nation. 

At HSHS St. Vincent Hospital Cancer Centers, we continually strive at being a national leader in improving cancer care for all patients.  Congratulations to the HSHS St. Vincent Cancer Research Institute and physicians for their stellar efforts in providing the best possible care to our patients.

Brian Burnette, MD -“I feel privileged to have received this award, but it is the world-class clinical research team that work with our patients each and every day that are truly deserving. This clinical research program continues to provide our patients with opportunities and treatments that are otherwise unavailable in communities our size.” 

Sigurdur Bodvarsson, MD - "I appreciate all the help from the patients who participated in the clinical trials. They are moving the field of oncology forward and improving treatments for all."

Anthony Jaslowski, MD, FACP - “It’s a pleasure working with dedicated research staff. I am very excited to be able to offer cutting edge research to our patients. The patients are the real heroes, and I look up to them. Their participation will hopefully answer the questions in the future on the best treatment approaches.”

Matthew Ryan, MD - “I am quite honored, but the real credit goes to the patients that participated and our research team that do the real work. Without a commitment to research, we will never improve upon our current treatments.”

Jon Brandt, MD - Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist
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