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News Article | February 22, 2017
Site: www.eurekalert.org

ALEXANDRIA, Va., February 22, 2017 - CancerLinQ LLC and the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) are partnering to bring radiation oncology expertise to CancerLinQ and improve the care of cancer patients nationwide. ASTRO will provide guidance for the development of the CancerLinQ platform to ensure that the system captures more relevant patient data to drive actionable decision-making in cancer care, as well as to advance public policy and population health issues. ASTRO also will use insights from CancerLinQ Discovery to improve the care of patients receiving radiation therapy. Between half and two-thirds of all cancer patients receive radiation therapy, also known as radiotherapy, to cure cancer, control its spread and relieve symptoms such as pain. At present, however, important details about radiation dose and treatment schedule are often absent from the electronic health record systems used in many oncology practices. Through the partnership, experts will develop specialized indicators for radiation-related treatment outcomes and quality that can be incorporated into the CancerLinQ platform. Inclusion of these metrics will provide a much more complete and accurate characterization of the cancer care that patients are receiving, particularly for the many situations where radiation and chemotherapy are combined. "The addition of the nation's radiation oncologists is essential to ensuring CancerLinQ's capacity to improve patient care and can help both organizations achieve outcomes that are larger and more impactful than what either one could have achieved alone," said Kevin Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive Officer of CancerLinQ LLC. "With ASTRO, we are bringing the expertise of the nation's leading physicians who specialize in treating more than one million patients each year with radiation therapy." The partnership reflects CancerLinQ's goal to create a system that encompasses all of cancer care by bringing together expertise from throughout the cancer community, as well as ASTRO's mission to improve patient outcomes through research and education. "With the number of cancer patients rising each year, collaboration across the spectrum of cancer care has to be our reality rather than our goal," said Laura Thevenot, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRO. "By combining ASTRO's domain-specific knowledge with CancerLinQ's broad reach, we can help physicians and their patients be more informed as they navigate complex treatment decisions." As an official partnering organization of CancerLinQ, ASTRO will support professional member participation in the program, advocate for streamlined data integration between leading oncology electronic health systems, and strengthen CancerLinQ's role as a go-to resource for the healthcare community. ASTRO will have access to CancerLinQ Discovery, which generates specially curated sets of de-identified clinical data from the CancerLinQ platform for oncologists, researchers and analysts to create new clinical knowledge and improve patient outcomes. In addition, ASTRO will become a founding member of the CancerLinQ Oncology Leadership Council, a body of thought leaders and oncology-affiliated experts that advises the CancerLinQ Board of Governors. CancerLinQ is a powerful database--created by oncologists for oncologists--made up of vast amounts of usable, searchable, real-world cancer information. This big data initiative will allow users to see trends among millions of patients by analyzing cancer patient medical records, uncovering patterns that can improve patient care, and enabling doctors to compare their care against that of their peers and recommended guidelines. In addition to the radiation oncologists, CancerLinQ LLC--a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)--is forging important strategic alliances with national leaders and organizations that play important roles across the entire care continuum that support high-quality care for patients, including professionals representing the entirety of the care team, government agencies, academic research institutions, life sciences, technology experts and advocacy organizations. CancerLinQ is supported in part through the Conquer Cancer Foundation, whose generous donors have helped make the system possible. Major supporters include Amgen; Astellas; AstraZeneca; Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Cancer Treatment Centers of America; Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation; Genentech BioOncology; HELSINN; Janssen Oncology; Lilly; Raj Mantena, RPh; Novartis Oncology; Pfizer Oncology; Thomas G. Roberts, Jr., MD, and Susan M. DaSilva; and Susan G. Komen. CancerLinQ and CancerLinQ Discovery are projects of CancerLinQ LLC. For more information on how to participate or partner with CancerLinQ, please visit CancerLinQ.org. CancerLinQ LLC is a subsidiary of American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. established for the development and operation of the CancerLinQ initiative. CancerLinQ is a health information technology platform aimed at enhancing and improving the understanding and treatment of cancer. To learn more, visit http://www. . ASTRO is the premier radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 11,000 members who are physicians, nurses, biologists, physicists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists and other health care professionals that specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. As the leading organization in radiation oncology, the Society is dedicated to improving patient care through professional education and training, support for clinical practice and health policy standards, advancement of science and research, and advocacy. ASTRO publishes three medical journals, International Journal of Radiation Oncology * Biology * Physics and Practical Radiation Oncology and Advances in Radiation Oncology; developed and maintains an extensive patient website, http://www. ; and created the Radiation Oncology Institute, a non-profit foundation to support research and education efforts around the world that enhance and confirm the critical role of radiation therapy in improving cancer treatment. To learn more about ASTRO, visit http://www. . Founded in 1964, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO) is committed to making a world of difference in cancer care. As the world's leading organization of its kind, ASCO represents more than 40,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer. Through research, education, and promotion of the highest-quality patient care, ASCO works to conquer cancer and create a world where cancer is prevented or cured, and every survivor is healthy. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation. Learn more at http://www. , explore patient education resources at http://www. , and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.


News Article | February 22, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

Partnership with American Society for Radiation Oncology Expands CancerLinQ's Database and Insights to Include Key Cancer Specialty ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwired - February 22, 2017) - CancerLinQ LLC and the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) are partnering to bring radiation oncology expertise to CancerLinQ and improve the care of cancer patients nationwide. ASTRO will provide guidance for the development of the CancerLinQ platform to ensure that the system captures more relevant patient data to drive actionable decision-making in cancer care, as well as to advance public policy and population health issues. ASTRO also will use insights from CancerLinQ Discovery™ to improve the care of patients receiving radiation therapy. Between half and two-thirds of all cancer patients receive radiation therapy, also known as radiotherapy, to cure cancer, control its spread and relieve symptoms such as pain. At present, however, important details about radiation dose and treatment schedule are often absent from the electronic health record systems used in many oncology practices. Through the partnership, experts will develop specialized indicators for radiation-related treatment outcomes and quality that can be incorporated into the CancerLinQ platform. Inclusion of these metrics will provide a much more complete and accurate characterization of the cancer care that patients are receiving, particularly for the many situations where radiation and chemotherapy are combined. "The addition of the nation's radiation oncologists is essential to ensuring CancerLinQ's capacity to improve patient care and can help both organizations achieve outcomes that are larger and more impactful than what either one could have achieved alone," said Kevin Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive Officer of CancerLinQ LLC. "With ASTRO, we are bringing the expertise of the nation's leading physicians who specialize in treating more than one million patients each year with radiation therapy." The partnership reflects CancerLinQ's goal to create a system that encompasses all of cancer care by bringing together expertise from throughout the cancer community, as well as ASTRO's mission to improve patient outcomes through research and education. "With the number of cancer patients rising each year, collaboration across the spectrum of cancer care has to be our reality rather than our goal," said Laura Thevenot, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRO. "By combining ASTRO's domain-specific knowledge with CancerLinQ's broad reach, we can help physicians and their patients be more informed as they navigate complex treatment decisions." As an official partnering organization of CancerLinQ, ASTRO will support professional member participation in the program, advocate for streamlined data integration between leading oncology electronic health systems, and strengthen CancerLinQ's role as a go-to resource for the healthcare community. ASTRO will have access to CancerLinQ Discovery, which generates specially curated sets of de-identified clinical data from the CancerLinQ platform for oncologists, researchers and analysts to create new clinical knowledge and improve patient outcomes. In addition, ASTRO will become a founding member of the CancerLinQ Oncology Leadership Council, a body of thought leaders and oncology-affiliated experts that advises the CancerLinQ Board of Governors. CancerLinQ is a powerful database-created by oncologists for oncologists-made up of vast amounts of usable, searchable, real-world cancer information. This big data initiative will allow users to see trends among millions of patients by analyzing cancer patient medical records, uncovering patterns that can improve patient care, and enabling doctors to compare their care against that of their peers and recommended guidelines. In addition to the radiation oncologists, CancerLinQ LLC -- a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) -- is forging important strategic alliances with national leaders and organizations that play important roles across the entire care continuum that support high-quality care for patients, including professionals representing the entirety of the care team, government agencies, academic research institutions, life sciences, technology experts and advocacy organizations. CancerLinQ is supported in part through the Conquer Cancer Foundation, whose generous donors have helped make the system possible. Major supporters include Amgen; Astellas; AstraZeneca; Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Cancer Treatment Centers of America®; Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation; Genentech BioOncology™; HELSINN; Janssen Oncology; Lilly; Raj Mantena, RPh; Novartis Oncology; Pfizer Oncology; Thomas G. Roberts, Jr., MD, and Susan M. DaSilva; and Susan G. Komen®. CancerLinQ® and CancerLinQ Discovery™ are projects of CancerLinQ LLC. For more information on how to participate or partner with CancerLinQ, please visit CancerLinQ.org. For more information, contact Liz Gardner, Media Relations Manager for ASTRO, or Kate Crawford, Communications Specialist for ASCO. CancerLinQ LLC is a subsidiary of American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. established for the development and operation of the CancerLinQ® initiative. CancerLinQ is a health information technology platform aimed at enhancing and improving the understanding and treatment of cancer. To learn more, visit www.cancerlinq.org. The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is the premier radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 10,000 members who are physicians, nurses, biologists, physicists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists and other health care professionals who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. As the leading organization in radiation oncology, the Society is dedicated to improving patient care through professional education and training, support for clinical practice and health policy standards, advancement of science and research, and advocacy. ASTRO publishes three medical journals, International Journal of Radiation Oncology · Biology · Physics (www.redjournal.org), Practical Radiation Oncology (www.practicalradonc.org) and Advances in Radiation Oncology (www.advancesradonc.org); developed and maintains an extensive patient website, RT Answers (www.rtanswers.org); and created the Radiation Oncology Institute (www.roinstitute.org), a nonprofit foundation to support research and education efforts around the world that enhance and confirm the critical role of radiation therapy in improving cancer treatment. To learn more about ASTRO, visit www.astro.org. Founded in 1964, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is committed to making a world of difference in cancer care. As the world's leading organization of its kind, ASCO represents more than 40,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer. Through research, education, and promotion of the highest-quality patient care, ASCO works to conquer cancer and create a world where cancer is prevented or cured, and every survivor is healthy. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation. Learn more at www.ASCO.org, explore patient education resources at www.Cancer.Net, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. The following files are available for download:


News Article | November 14, 2016
Site: www.prnewswire.com

BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), a national network of five hospitals that serves adult patients who are fighting cancer, was named the recipient of two Hospital Marketing Advertising Awards in a national competition sponsored by...


BOCA RATON, Fla., Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), in collaboration with NantHealth and Allscripts, is implementing a custom technical solution that, for the first time, enables eviti®, a NantHealth clinical decision support solution, access to...


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

Caring for Kids and Caring for Our Own Since 1967 MOUNT LAUREL, NJ--(Marketwired - February 14, 2017) - The NFL Alumni Association (NFLA) is pleased that it is celebrating 50 years of serving former players and communities around the country. Founded in 1967, the NFLA was designed to serve its retired player members and support community charities through the NFL Alumni Foundation and the "Caring for Kids" campaign. It was formed as an outgrowth of philanthropic and civic-minded impulses of retired NFL players who performed at the highest level of the nation's most popular sport. The NFLA now is comprised of former NFL players, coaches, staffers, cheerleaders, spouses, and associate members. "Being the President and CEO of the NFL Alumni Association the past four years has been an honor and a privilege," says former Giants & Eagles quarterback Joe Pisarcik. "The growth that our organization has seen is incredible. Our Board of Directors, Chapter Presidents, and NFLA staff concentrate on providing former players and their families the best benefits possible. We also serve as 'information central' to help make sure they are aware of the all programs available to retired NFL players. As we celebrate our Golden Anniversary, I'm looking forward to the future and take pride in being the most well-known and well-respected NFL retired player organization." The primary focus of the NFLA is to serve, assist, and inform players in their post-NFL lives. The Association is constantly introducing and offering programs from a variety of medical, financial, educational, and social plans to help keep members and their families healthy, productive, and connected. Some of the medical services offered are Teladoc, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Premier Stem Cell Treatments, and LabCorp. "I am very proud to be Chairman of the Board for the NFL Alumni," says former NFL quarterback and ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski. "There are an estimated 22,000 retired NFL football players, and we at the NFL Alumni strive to provide impactful benefits that will assist them in their transition from the game and in their post-NFL lives off the field." The NFLA also continues to support organizations and projects which offer special promise of advancing the quality of life in communities where Alumni chapters are located. Each chapter works to expand its outreach in the community through year-round participation by Alumni members in fundraising and personal-service programs to assist other charitable organizations. Alumni members are currently part of 34 local chapters where they can connect with other former players to raise money for children's charities. Together, the NFLA raises more than $1 million a year for local nonprofit causes. The NFL Alumni Association in 2013 also developed an iconic, additional logo and name -- Pro Football Legends (PFL) -- which is the marketing brand used for its commercial activities. PFL is used by the NFLA to increase strategic business relationships in order to create additional opportunities for its NFL Alumni members. NFLA's mission of "Caring for Kids and Caring for Our Own" is more than just a statement. It is a strong commitment to making a positive impact on the communities that host our chapters nationwide. Our members have done so for five decades and look forward to many more years of serving our communities and assisting our retired players and their families. About the NFL Alumni Association The NFL Alumni Association is a nationwide group of former NFL players, coaches, staffers, cheerleaders, spouses, and associate members whose mission is to serve, assist, and inform former players and their families. The Association offers a variety of medical, financial, and social programs to help members lead healthy, productive, and connected lives, as well as community initiatives under its "Caring for Kids" programs. Pro Football Legends is the commercial marketing name and logo of the NFL Alumni. For more information, please visit www.nflalumni.org.


TROY, Mich., Feb. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CareTech Solutions, a leader in information technology (IT) and mobility services for U.S. hospitals and health systems, today announced it will present its annual Rising Star customer awards and exhibit at the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition from February 19 – 23, 2017, in Orlando, at booth #1923. Healthcare is grappling with how best to address coordinated care challenges, high re-admission rates and value-based care. At HIMSS, CareTech Solutions, a subsidiary of HTC Global Services, will demonstrate its ability to transform the way hospitals and health systems deliver, measure and improve care through business intelligence and other critical IT services across the care continuum. CareTech Solutions will feature its complete suite of IT services to improve the patient experience and lower healthcare costs, including: “As the industry strives to identify and implement new and effective ways to put the patient first in a value-based care world, it’s hypercritical to have the right IT, security, implementation, support and business intelligence – all while meeting ever changing compliance requirements,” said Tommi A. White, president of CareTech Solutions, a subsidiary of HTC Global Services. “We want our customers to not think about the intricacies, added costs or ongoing management of their IT efforts, and instead focus on improving patient care. This is why we continuously strive to be the best partner for our customers, providing solutions from strategic alignment and day-to-day IT operations to managing increasing security risks.” “Our Rising Star winners are a testament to our collaborative partnerships and ongoing commitment to performance excellence in IT,” added White. “It’s my honor to acknowledge some of our clients with outstanding work in IT this past year. They come in all shapes and sizes, from being agents of change at their organizations and achieving HIMSS level 7; to utilizing mobility as a strategic advantage to engage patients and physicians within a single, integrated patient portal; to taking leadership roles in their community to bring together peer organizations; and leveraging metrics and analytics to drive quality and overall IT performance.” CareTech Solutions will honor top customers with 2017 Rising Star Awards, a corporate award program in its tenth year that recognizes clients who exemplify leadership in using information technology as a strategic advantage for their organizations, on Monday, February 20 beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET at HIMSS booth #1923. The winners are (in alphabetical order): Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center (N.Y.), Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Inc. (Ill.), Jupiter Medical Center, Inc. (Fla.), Lafayette General Health (La.), Montefiore Health System (N.Y.) and Nebraska Medical Center (Neb.). To learn more about CareTech Solutions, visit booth #1923 at HIMSS17 from February 19 – 23 in Orlando. About CareTech Solutions CareTech Solutions is a leader in information technology (IT) and end-user interface services for U.S. hospitals and health systems. CareTech’s more than 1,400 U.S.-based professionals create value for clients through customized IT solutions that contribute to improving the patient experience while lowering healthcare costs. From implementing emerging technologies to supporting day-to-day IT operations, CareTech offers clients expert health information technology services earning it the 2008-2011, 2013-2017 Best in KLAS award for IT Outsourcing (Extensive), and the 2012, 2013, 2015/2016 and 2017 Partial IT Outsourcing Award as ranked by healthcare executives and professionals in the respected annual “Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services” report. CareTech Solutions is a health IT subsidiary of HTC Global Services, a global provider of IT solutions and business process outsourcing services. Learn more about CareTech Solutions at www.caretech.com.


Markman M.,Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Oncology (Switzerland) | Year: 2013

Cytotoxic chemotherapy has been shown to have only a very modest impact on outcome in recurrent, persistent, or metastatic cervix cancer. Despite this fact, when cisplatin is administered concurrently with external beam radiation as a 'chemosensitizing' strategy, both progression-free and overall survival have been shown in multiple evidence-based randomized trials to be improved compared to the delivery of radiation alone. Ongoing research in this area has focused on improving the drug component of this strategy and on following the concurrent chemoradiation with systemic ('adjuvant') therapy. Copyright © 2013 S. Karger AG, Basel.


Markman M.,Cancer Treatment Centers of America
JNCCN Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network | Year: 2011

Unfortunately, no reliable evidence-based data have shown any in vitro chemosensitivity assay strategy to be clinically useful in the management of recurrent ovarian cancer, despite frequent use. Several clinical trials have been proposed with the potential to support or refute the relevance of these approaches. © JNCCN-Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.


Markman M.,Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Annals of Oncology | Year: 2013

Secondary cytoreduction in the management of patients with recurrent ovarian cancer is a commonly employed strategy. Unfortunately, there remain 'no evidence-based phase III trial data' to demonstrate the survival benefits of this approach compared with the reintroduction of chemotherapy without surgery at the time of documented progression of the cancer. In the absence of such evidence, it is critical that gynecologic oncologists employ their best clinical judgment when deciding if an individual patient is an appropriate candidate for this as yet unproven strategy. © The Author 2013. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society for Medical Oncology. All rights reserved.


Markman M.,Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Gynecologic Oncology | Year: 2013

There has been limited change in evidence-based primary chemotherapeutic management of optimal residual advanced ovarian cancer for more than a decade. The backbone of therapy remains a platinum agent (generally carboplatin) and a taxane (generally paclitaxel). Phase 3 randomized trial data provide support for the use of weekly paclitaxel in this setting (compared to the traditional every 3-week schedule) and the addition of bevacizumab as a component of primary management. Recently available data provide increasingly solid support for a role of regional platinum administration in at least a subset of patients with optimal residual advanced ovarian cancer and an important retrospective analysis has suggested a novel biomarker that may predict for the utility (or lack thereof) of this method of drug delivery. © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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