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Lahey Clinic Named a Member Organization of Select Cancer Clinical Trials Group
Burlington, Mass. – June 24, 2011 – Lahey Clinic has been approved as a member institution of SWOG (formerly known as the Southwest Oncology Group), a clinical research cooperative that designs and conducts large scale trials of new cancer treatments and prevention regimens. The decision was made by SWOG’s board of governors at its spring meeting. In order to earn recognition as a full member versus that of just an affiliate member, Lahey Clinic demonstrated a high level of contribution to clinical trials and the ability to offer unique and significant new ideas, programs or techniques for evaluating and treating cancer patients.
SWOG is one of the largest National Cancer Institute-supported clinical trial cooperatives in the United States. About half its member institutions are NCI-designated cancer centers. Lahey joins 40 other member organizations internationally, and becomes only the second SWOG member in Massachusetts.
“We are delighted to join with a group of outstanding cancer centers and more than 5,000 physician-researchers who are focused on conducting cutting-edge cancer clinical trials,” said Paul Hesketh, MD, director of Lahey Clinic’s thoracic oncology program. “During the last quarter century, nearly 200,000 patients have directly benefited from SWOG trials and millions more have received improved care based on new treatments or prevention developed by the group.”
While eight hospitals in Massachusetts currently participate in SWOG trials, all do so as affiliate members except for one other. SWOG was founded in 1956 and supported continuously from its inception by the NCI.
About Lahey Clinic
Lahey Clinic, a physician-led, nonprofit group practice, is world-renowned for innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment, and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the Clinic provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation. Lahey Clinic nurses also earned Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a recognition only achieved by six percent of American hospitals. For more information please visit www.Lahey.org.