UH Cancer Center and Queen's Medical Center awarded $3.8 million NCI grant

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Stacy Wong, (808) 356-5753
Director of Communications and External Affairs, UH Cancer Center
Posted: Oct 13, 2014

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The National Cancer Institute has awarded the University of Hawai`i Cancer Center and The Queen’s Medical Center (Queen’s) a grant of more than $3.8 million over five years to conduct cancer clinical trials in the state for minority and underserved populations. Queen’s was chosen to lead and perform the cancer care delivery research component of the grant.

The NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) grant is part of a national effort to increase access to NCI research for minority, rural and underserved patient populations.

It will continue providing both adults and children living in Hawaiʻi with access to NCI clinical trials, which have been funded by a Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology Program grant to the UH Cancer Center since 1994.

The program in Hawaiʻi encompasses clinical oncology research with all UH Cancer Center-affiliated community hospitals and private practice oncology physicians. The Hawaiʻi Cancer Consortium members include Queen’s, the hospitals of Hawai`i Pacific Health (Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women and Children, Straub Clinic & Hospital, Pali Momi Medical Center, and Wilcox Health), Kuakini Medical Center and UH’s John A. Burns School of Medicine. It conducts clinical research through its Consortium hospitals, other community hospitals, Tripler Army Medical Center and community oncologists in private practice.

“This grant allows us to look at recent advances in cancer research and bring the new knowledge into clinical trials conducted in the community, where most patients receive their care,” said UH Cancer Center faculty member Dr. Jeff Berenberg, an oncologist at Tripler Army Medical Center and the co-principal investigator on the grant. “It also allows us to identify those things that reduce cancer risk, enhance patient quality of life, and increase access to clinical trials for minority and other underserved populations.”

The cancer care delivery research component of the grant received by Queen’s is to specifically study factors affecting access to quality cancer care in the community for minority and underserved populations.  “NCORP will be a continuation of the excellence in quality multidisciplinary oncology care established through the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) at Queen’s, now with the addition of clinical cancer delivery care research,” said Dr. Paul T. Morris, Queen’s Chief of Surgery and co-principal investigator on the grant.  “This will help provide the minority and underserved populations of Hawaiʻi with the highest quality of oncology care and access to the most current research.”

The Hawaiʻi site is part of a national network of investigators, cancer care providers, academic institutions, and other organizations that provide care to diverse populations in community-based healthcare practices across the United States. Researchers will design and conduct trials to improve cancer prevention, cancer control, screening and post-treatment management. Additionally, a new focus for NCI community-based research will be factors to improve patient outcomes along with a reduction in cancer disparities in the community.

This grant is supported by the NCI, part of the National Institutes of Health, under award number UG1CA189804.

About the University of Hawai`i Cancer Center

The UH Cancer Center is one of 68 research institutions designated by the National Cancer Institute. Affiliated with the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, the Center is dedicated to eliminating cancer through research, education, and improved patient care. Learn more at www.uhcancercenter.org. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UHCancerCenter. Follow us on Twitter @UHCancerCenter.

About The Queen’s Medical Center

The Queen’s Medical Center, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation established in 1859 by Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV, is an acute care medical facility accredited by The Joint Commission. The facility is licensed for 505 acute beds and 28 sub-acute beds and serves as a major tertiary and quaternary referral center for cancer, cardiovascular disease, neuroscience, orthopaedics, surgery, emergency medicine and behavioral health medicine.

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