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What’s needed to help Georgians successfully fight cancer? That question is at the heart of all that Georgia CORE does.

Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in Georgia. This year, more than 47,000 Georgians will be diagnosed with cancer, and nearly 16,000 will lose their lives — rates that are among the highest in the nation.

This stark reality is why Georgia has Georgia CORE, which focuses exclusively on increasing collaboration to offer higher quality, better organized, and more cost-effective cancer care in Georgia.

How we do it

Georgia CORE works in four interrelated ways:

  1. Accelerating the exchange of new knowledge and best practices among healthcare professionals. As cancer care continues to evolve and innovate, keeping current with effective practices and emerging treatments is a challenge. Georgia CORE convenes oncology (and related) healthcare professionals from around Georgia to gain access to new knowledge and expertise. And through GeorgiaCancerInfo.org – a comprehensive site developed and maintained by Georgia CORE – the oncology community gains access to the latest information on clinical trials, treatment guidelines and other aspects of care.

    We also partner with the Georgia Department of Public Health to develop and implement Georgia’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, an endeavor that unifies health professionals and survivors to forge a coherent cancer-fighting strategy for the state.
     
  2. Expanding access to cutting-edge therapies in Georgia. Cancer clinical trials are a hallmark of excellent cancer care. Georgia CORE has worked to bring more of these promising new treatments to Georgia, and to encourage more patients – particularly those who are elderly or part of a racial / ethnic minority – to participate in them.

    This effort has involved creating a multi-disciplinary network of cancer care providers – a network that is unparalleled in other states. Today, 9 out of 10 Georgia oncologists who diagnose and treat people with cancer belong to Georgia CORE’s network, which provides the tools, knowledge and resources needed to provide new clinical treatments to patients.
     
  3. Promoting cancer awareness, prevention and screening in communities throughout Georgia. Through collaborative partnerships with both local and statewide organizations, Georgia CORE heightens the awareness of cancer prevention, screening and treatment here in our home state. Several initiatives, including the Regional Cancer Coalitions of Georgia, the CDC-funded Breast Cancer Genomic Consortium, and the State Office of Rural Health's Breast Cancer License Tag program, enhance the quality of cancer care available to all Georgians.
     
  4. Supporting patients, caregivers and survivors in their cancer care journey.

    Georgia CORE is both the publisher and engine behind GeorgiaCancerInfo.org, the first-of-its-kind online cancer information center for Georgia. The site provides fast access to reliable information, tools and resources to help patients and survivors make informed decisions about treatment.

    Georgia CORE also serves people who help patients. By supporting the Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia (CPNG), we connect and educate those who guide people with cancer through the continuum of care and help eliminate barriers to treatment. CPNG is an initiative of the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology (GASCO) and Georgia CORE.

Impressive results

Since 2004, Georgia CORE’s efforts have resulted in:

  • a research network of 24 leading oncology practices, hospitals and academic centers providing care to two-thirds of all new cancer cases in Georgia (based on 2009 data from the American Cancer Society)
  • the first-of-its-kind online cancer information center – GeorgiaCancerInfo.org – with information on nearly 1,000 oncologists, 600 clinical trials and 300 cancer treatment sites in Georgia
  • extensive growth in the availability of new cancer treatments through clinical trials — a 65% increase in Georgia-based trials between 2009 and 2012 alone and minority enrollment of 25% in cooperative group and pharmaceutical trials conducted through Georgia CORE
  • a consortium of public health departments that has expanded screening of and genetic counseling for young women who are at high risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer
  • distinction for being the nation’s only statewide member of a cooperative group of the National Cancer Institute (the Gynecologic Oncology Group).

How Georgia CORE is funded

As an independent nonprofit, Georgia CORE is funded by a mix of sources: gifts from individuals, grants from foundations and organizations, proceeds from research contracts and limited allocations from state government. Here is a breakdown:

  • Foundation Grants & Sponsorships
  • Government Grants
  • Clinical Trials Revenue & Research Contracts
  • State Tobacco Settlement Funds through the Georgia Department of Public Health
  • Breast Cancer License Tag Proceeds
  • Individual contributions

Some of our generous funders and sponsors include:

  • Tom and Karen Chapman Foundation
  • Georgia Department of Community Health
  • Georgia Department of Public Health
  • Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology (GASCO)
  • Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation

Georgia CORE Research Network Affiliates

  • Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center / Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Amos Cancer Center at Columbus Healthcare System
  • Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center
  • Archbold Medical Center
  • Atlanta Cancer Care
  • Central Georgia Cancer Care
  • DeKalb Medical
  • Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady Health System
  • Georgia Regents University
  • Gwinnett Medical Center
  • Harbin Clinic
  • Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion at Saint Joseph’s Candler
  • Medical Center of Central Georgia
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Northeast Georgia Medical Center
  • Northside Hospital Cancer Institute
  • Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers
  • Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital
  • Piedmont Cancer Institute
  • Piedmont Hospital
  • Southwest Georgia Medical Center
  • University Cancer & Blood Services
  • Wellstar Health System
  • Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University

For further information, contact Georgia CORE:
info@georgiacore.org

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