Colorado Cancer Research Program (CCRP) is a nonprofit, National Cancer Institute (NCI) affiliated Cancer Clinical Trial Research Organization, whose primary aim is to make cancer clinical trials available to patients, physicians, and communities in our region. Founded in 1983, CCRP partners with physicians, hospitals, and health care systems to disseminate clinical trials focused on improving the lives of cancer patients through treatment, prevention, symptom control and cancer care delivery research.
A New Generation in Innovation
Dr. Kim McGregor has been a practicing medical oncologist and hematologist since 2005. She most recently served as the breast cancer program director at St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center in Colorado prior to accepting a full-time role with Foundation Medicine in August of 2018 as a Director in Medical Affairs. Prior to her full-time role at Foundation Medicine she had worked for two years as an external consultant with Foundation Medicine to support physician users with the incorporation of genomics into their clinical practice as well as assisting with clinical trials navigation.
In the Community
Colorado Cancer Research Program is a key player in the development and implementation of cutting edge clinical trials as well as innovative treatment protocols that offer patients an entirely new spectrum of options and REAL hope for extending and saving lives. Cancers that were previously a certain death sentence upon diagnosis are now treatable and even survivable. CCRP partners with hospitals, community clinics and physicians throughout Colorado as well as in Wyoming and Montana, so that patients have local access in their own communities to cutting edge cancer treatment. In 2018, CCRP has more than 70 trials open, with nearly 300 individuals taking part and another 1,500 followed for their health status post treatment.
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Being Young and Uninsured
One of the more talked about concerns for those who have recently been diagnosed with cancer, currently battling cancer, or taking care of someone battling cancer is how to pay for cancer treatments. As insurance costs go up and more and more people can’t afford insurance, the concern becomes even more prevalent for adolescents and young adults who don’t have insurance.
Adolescents and young adults, between the ages of 15 to 39, who do not have health insurance, are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer after it has spread to other parts of the body – when it is more deadly and harder to treat.
According to a study by the American Cancer Society, researchers found that among the males in this group, the uninsured were one and one-half times more likely than the privately insured to be diagnosed with cancer that had spread. The outcome was worse for uninsured females, who were nearly twice as likely as their privately insured counterparts to get a distant-stage cancer diagnosis.
The link between a lack of insurance and getting a distant-stage diagnosis was stronger for cancers that often can be found during routine medical visits because they may cause noticeable symptoms. Researchers point out that only works if patients receive regular care and have providers who know their medical history.
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HOPE for cancer patients and their families.
HOPE for future generations.
HOPE for the fight against cancer.
Please consider making a donation of HOPE toward the prevention, treatment, and control of cancer. Make a difference in the lives of cancer patients, survivors, and their care givers. All donations are tax deductible.
The National Cancer Institute only partially supports the work of Colorado Cancer Research Program as a community oncology program. The additional support needed to advance cancer research comes from our generous community donors.
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