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How Investigators Can Access the CCOP Network to Conduct Trials

The National Cancer Institute has long recognized the problems independent investigators face in accruing adequate numbers of study participants to their federally funded research projects. As a result, the Division of Cancer Prevention (DCP) has developed guidelines and mechanisms to assist investigators in accessing the Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) network, a nationwide consortium of community hospitals and physicians that participate in NCI-approved cancer treatment, prevention, and control clinical trials. These networks can provide a rich resource of patients, families, and individuals at risk for cancer for research studies.

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By accruing study participants through the CCOP network, independent investigators will be able to:

  • Collaborate with an established program of experienced data collectors and data managers for rapid accrual,
  • Subcontract with the CCOP Research Bases to conduct data and statistical management in their federally funded projects,
  • Select one or more CCOPs that have the population, personnel, expertise, and interest best suited for the research aims,
  • Implement a wide variety of research methodologies such as descriptive, qualitative, survey, methods development or epidemiology that will also be of benefit to the CCOP.

For more information on access to the CCOP network and how to integrate these sites into federally funded proposals and their budgets, contact Ann O'Mara, PhD, RN, Program Director at (301) 496-8541 or by email: omaraa@mail.nih.gov.

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