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Format: 04/17/2014
Format: 04/17/2014


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Women get new access to research

Friday, October 30th, 2009

By Pohla Smith

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

An affiliation between the division of gynecologic oncology in the West Penn Allegheny Health System and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation will give WPAHS's female cancer patients the opportunity to participate in some of the national clinical trials sponsored by the Gynecologic Oncology Group.

"The GOG is a national cooperative group that is specifically dedicated to gynecological cancers and specializing in clinical research, specifically phase 1, 2 and 3 trials," said Dr. John Comerci, director of West Penn Allegheny's division of gynecologic oncology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Some 50 clinics, including Cleveland, are designated as parent institutions in the GOG, which means they are able to institute phase 1 trials, the first level of testing new drugs and treatments for effectiveness and safety in humans, as well as phase 2 and 3 trials, which test in larger groups, Dr. Comerci said. Supported by the National Cancer Institute, the GOG also includes dozens of affiliates like WPAHS, also eligible to participate in larger trials.

"The other advantage [to being an affiliate] is that it's a first steppingstone to being a parent institution," Dr. Comerci said.

"We wanted our patients to have the same access [to national trials] as the patients seen at UPMC [a GOG parent]. Now they do, which wasn't the case before."

To become an affiliate, he said, "we had to apply through Cleveland Clinic. I have a relationship with Peter Rose, who is director of gynecology/oncology at Cleveland Clinic."


To read more, visit the Post-Gazette web site.

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