Medical Research

Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education, Inc.

aka Georgia CORE

Atlanta, GA


To provide higher quality, better organized, more cost effective cancer care in order to improve the health of Georgians.

Ruling Year



Ms. Nancy M Paris MS, FACHE

Vice President

Ms. Angie K. Patterson

Main Address

50 Hurt Plaza Suite 704

Atlanta, GA 30303 USA


Cancer Research, Navigation, Screening, Genomics, Survivorship and Clinical Trialss inical Trials, Oncology Research





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cancer Research (H30)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (E05)

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Patient Navigation and Survivorship

Clinical Research Network

Breast Cancer Prevention & Screening

Education and Outreach

Breast Cancer Genomics

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Number of Cancer Clinical Trials Listed in database

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Clinical Research Network

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To improve quality of care for patients and quality of life for survivors with a particular emphasis on reaching racial and ethnic minorities, rural and underserved populations by:

Expanding the reach of clinical trials, new and improvement cancer treatments
Promoting cancer risk reduction, prevention and screening
Engaging cancer experts and survivors in the development and evaluation of programs and services
Connecting patients and survivors to doctors, treatment, research and resources
Exchanging best and promising practices among cancer care professionals
Disseminating research, accomplishments and experience through professional conferences, whitepapers and peer-reviewed publications

Higher Quality Care
*Bring new and improved oncology treatment options, drugs and discoveries, including precision medicine, to Georgians with cancer
*Enhance Georgia CORE's collaborative and nationally-recognized research network through research and education
Better Organized Care
*Continually enhance and update the statewide resource for searchable, comprehensive information on cancer care, clinical trials and oncologists
*Provide interactive resources via
Patient Centered Care
*Conduct and disseminate findings of statewide assessment of needs of cancer survivors
*Engage patients and survivors in development and evaluation of research and programs
More Cost Effective Care
*Facilitate diagnosis of cancer at earlier stages
*Promote genetic testing to identify and target effective treatment options

Georgia CORE is a public-private partnership that unites experts, survivors, healthcare and cancer-fighting organizations into a single force -- to provide a higher caliber of care for patients and better quality of life for survivors throughout Georgia. The organization's capabilities are defined by the following assets and resources:

*Board of Directors of diverse cancer experts from academic and community cancer centers
*Research Network of academic, community and public health centers reaching all corners of the state
* a comprehensive online information center of all cancer treatment centers, oncologists and clinical trials in Georgia certified by Health-on-the-Net
*Cancer Survivorship Connection led by an Advisory Board of cancer survivors and caregivers anchored by
*Genomic risk assessment, testing and counseling program featuring online risk assessment, telehealth consultation and free genetic testing for under-served women
*Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia, co-sponsored by the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology (GASCO), which provides training and resources for navigators and caregivers
*Distribution of grants exceeding $3 million to dozens of healthcare and community organizations from proceeds of Breast Cancer License Tag sales
*Diverse base of funding from government grants, research contracts and private contributions
*National recognition for accrual to clinical trials and high rates of minority participation in research and screening

Before Georgia CORE's founding, Georgians with cancer often had to travel outside the state for treatment. Funding for research lagged other states. But with investments from the state of Georgia, foundations, research organizations and many partners, Georgia CORE has put the pieces in place to strengthen cancer care. The number of clinical trials available has increased significantly, an increased number of cancer centers in Georgia have developed research programs and received accreditation from the Commission on Cancer, funding for research grants and clinical trials has grown dramatically. Georgia has a collaborative culture of oncology with academic and community based oncologists working together on research, quality and educational initiatives. Georgia CORE has also developed numerous innovations to enhance quality and availability of care including its research network, websites, convening of survivors and navigators. As a result, cancer mortality in Georgia has declined, mirroring the national trend. Georgia CORE is one important reason why.

Georgia has experienced an eight-fold increase in availability of clinical trials (from 80 to 650) and Georgia CORE's research network has expanded from 7 to 34 locations building capacity and infrastructure to offer the newest and most promising cancer treatments across the state. Trials conducted through Georgia CORE's research network have generated high rates of accural of racial and ethnic minorities (averaging four times the national estimate of 5%). Multiple innovations have been introduced including the Cancer Survivorship Connection, Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia, and the use of multiple web applications including and and Support from leading partners including the State of Georgia, Georgia Research Alliance, Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology (GASCO) and grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), National Cancer Institute (NCI), Georgia Departments of Public Health and Community Health, Aflac, Glenn Family Foundation and Tom and Karen Chapman have contributed to Georgia CORE's growth and impact. Georgia CORE's greatest need is for financial stability. Key programs operate largely on "soft money" with contact challenges to raise funds and awareness.

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