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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to Bring Clinical Trials to Local Communities
Date:6/6/2013

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) today joined the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston to establish a network of sites for clinical trial testing of innovative blood cancer therapies in community oncology settings across the country.

This groundbreaking Blood Cancer Research Partnership (BCRP) will bring clinical trials closer to where patients live and help to address one of the primary bottlenecks in the development of new cancer therapies: the need for more patients to take part in trials.

"Having to travel long distances from home to a major medical center is a major deterrent to patients' participation in cancer clinical trials," said LLS Chief Mission Officer Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D. "Most cancer patients are treated by oncologists in their local community. This partnership will bring trials closer to where patients live. We are optimistic that this program will increase trial enrollment, more rapidly advance innovative blood cancer therapies and save lives."

Eleven potential sites have been identified for the trials – in New York, Georgia, Colorado, Illinois, California, Florida, Texas, Kansas, Tennessee, New Jersey, and Washington State.

LLS is investing $1,050,000 in the three-year project.  LLS will have two seats on the steering committee formed to determine which trials will be conducted by the network. The agreement requires that certain milestones be met, including the number of trials initiated and number of p
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