The Austin Cancer Centers has been officially accepted by the NRG Oncology organization as an Affiliate Member. The comprehensive cancer group serves Round Rock, Georgetown, Lakeway, Kyle, Temple and Austin. In order to procure membership, the centers have fulfilled several requirements delineated by the NRG Oncology that reflect outstanding data collection, record keeping, and patient care. “This membership will further expand access to cutting edge treatments for patients of Austin Cancer Centers utilizing NRG clinical trials,” says Paiman Ghafoori, MD, Radiation Oncologist.
“I feel we were accepted as an Affiliate Member based on our team of doctors and nurses who provide excellent care and expertise in various areas of oncology,” says Doug Rivera, MD, Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Austin Cancer Centers. “I am thoroughly excited to be involved in the experience of this new journey and the success of clinical trials at Austin Cancer Centers.”
The NRG Oncology organization is comprised of three research groups: Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), The Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) and The National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP). The group has received funding for over thirty years from the National Cancer Institute for the purpose of conducting research regarding new approaches to drug treatments via research and clinical trial therapies.
As stated on NRG Oncology website their mission is “…to improve the lives of cancer patients by conducting practice-changing multi-institutional clinical and translational research with emphases on gender-specific malignancies including gynecologic, breast, and prostate cancers and on localized or locally advanced cancers of all types.” Additional information regarding the NRG can be found at www.nrgoncology.org