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Vince Lombardi Cancer Center joins national treatment trial group

Monday, September 12, 2005

Local oncologist to give presentation Oct. 4 to cancer support group

The Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic at Aurora Medical Center is now a member of the Cancer Trials Support Unit (CTSU), a national project that will include local patients in clinical trials for cancer research.

CTSU is a pilot project sponsored by the National Cancer Institute for the support of a national network of physicians to participate in NCI-sponsored Phase III cancer treatment trials. Phase III trials compare a new treatment to the current standard of cancer care, after determinations of the treatment’s safety and dosage (Phase I) and level of effectiveness (Phase II) have been made.

With the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic (VLCC) a registered member of CTSU, patients of Aurora oncologists Andrew Yetter, M.D., and Edward Barylak, M.D., will be able to join the large cooperative groups that are part of these nationwide studies. Enrolling in a clinical trial is strictly voluntary and does not place restrictions on the patient with respect to future treatments or therapies.

“We are excited about having more options to offer our patients locally while contributing to improvements in cancer care nationally,” said Dr. Yetter, who will be giving a presentation on clinical trials to the VLCC’s Living With Cancer support group this fall. The presentation, entitled “Advances in Cancer Treatments – Is a Clinical Trial Right for You?”, is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Conference Room A at Aurora Medical Center.

The VLCC will soon have a new home in the Aurora Health Center Manitowoc County, the facility adjacent to the hospital and scheduled to open in November. The expanded VLCC will feature the addition of radiation oncology, including a linear accelerator, to existing cancer services.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora has care sites in more than 80 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact:  Mike Spofford (920-445-2165)

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