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Georgia CORE's History

When Georgia CORE was envisioned in 2002, the State of Georgia was fighting to counteract the perception that “better cancer care was available elsewhere.” Each neighboring state boasted at least one NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center while Georgia, the largest state east of the Mississippi River, had a high incidence of cancer, fewer clinical trials and no NCI-designated Cancer Center. Though there were medical schools, hospitals, oncologists and cancer centers in Georgia, the state lacked a focused, strategic approach to oncology care and research. Governor Roy Barnes’ unveiled a bold initiative in 2001 which provided the impetus for creation of Georgia CORE. One of the Governor’s most emphatic demands was that no Georgian should have to leave the state to obtain quality cancer care. His plan established the Georgia Cancer Coalition (GCC) with funding from a portion of the state’s “tobacco settlement.” The late Hamilton Jordan, a survivor of multiple cancers, created the strategy for the new entity whose goal was to make Georgia a national leader in cancer care while saving lives lost to the disease.

Georgia CORE was created to address two of the state’s most glaring weaknesses - a deficit of clinical trials and limited capacity to conduct research - by orchestrating collaboration among community oncologists and academic researchers.

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Read Georgia On My Mind from Oncology Issues May / June 2008.

Last Updated: 3/11/2020 3:51:06 PM

About Us

Cancer Center opens in Braselton

“This new collaborative space puts our patients’ needs front and center by providing a more cohesive environment with access to both medical oncology/hematology and radiation oncology services within steps of each other,” says Charles Nash III, MD, FACP, medical director of NGMC’s Cancer Services and medical oncologist with Longstreet Clinic (and Georgia CORE Board member).

6/29/2021

Despite pandemic, Georgia’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program making significant strides

Thanks to funding awarded by the Centers for Disease Control for five-years beginning July 2020, Georgia CORE and Augusta University are partners in the Georgia Colorectal Cancer Control Program, which is increasing CRC screenings in southeast and southwest Georgia.

3/23/2021

Georgia CORE

 

Advancing Cancer Care through Partnerships and Innovation

Georgia CORE is a state-supported nonprofit that leverages partnerships and innovation to attract more clinical trials, increase research, and promote education to improve cancer care for Georgians in rural, urban, and suburban communities across the state.