April 13, 2018

State-funded consortium provides more access statewide to clinical trials for cancer

By Karl W Oestreich

Star Tribune
by Jeremy Olson

Cancer patients in isolated corners of Minnesota will gain easier access to experimental medications, treatment protocols and prevention programs through a new state-funded cancer consortium launched Monday. Led by the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic, the Star Tribune newspaper logoconsortium is a rare, high-profile partnership between two competing medical research giants. Supported by $8 million approved by the state Legislature last year, the consortium will circulate clinical trial opportunities through 18 sites across the state… "When facing a cancer diagnosis, it makes a big difference to patients to get care close to home," said Dr. Sumit Bhagra, medical director of Mayo's Austin and Albert Lea hospitals. "Our patients will now have the opportunity to access clinical trials without needing to travel long distances."

Reach: The Star Tribune Sunday circulation is 518,745 copies and weekday circulation is 300,277. The Star Tribune is the state’s largest newspaper and ranks 16th nationally in circulation.

Additional coverage:

Albert Lea Tribune, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center to join network — Patients in communities in southern Minnesota and across the state will soon have better access to new cancer treatments and enhanced care delivery thanks to a state-funded partnership involving the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, Hormel Institute and several of the state’s large health care providers, according to a press release. Additional coverage: Mankato Free Press

Austin Daily Herald, U of Minnesota and partners launch statewide clincial trials network; The Hormel Institute a part of the partnership — Minnesotans living in rural areas throughout greater Minnesota will soon have better access to new cancer treatments and enhanced care delivery, thanks to a new state-funded partnership between University of Minnesota and the state’s major health and research systems… These trials will originate from Minnesota’s two NIC-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, the Masonic Cancer Center and Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, along with The Hormel Institute in Austin. Additional coverage: Duluth News Tribune, Markets Insider, UMN News, KTTC

Context:  Patients in communities in southern Minnesota and across the state soon will have better access to new cancer treatments and enhanced care delivery, thanks to a new state-funded partnership involving the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, the Hormel Institute and several of the state’s large health care providers. As part of the Minnesota Discovery Research and InnoVation (MnDRIVE) partnership with the state of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota is launching the Minnesota Cancer Clinical Trials Network with multiple locations across the state. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Micah Dorfner

Tags: Cancer, Dr. Sumit Bhagra, Minnesota Discovery Research and InnoVation, MnDRIVE, Star Tribune, Uncategorized

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