NCI Designated Program
Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University
Minority Based Community Clinical Oncology Program (MB-CCOP)
The Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology Program (MB-CCOP) is designed to increase the availability of state-of-the-art cancer treatment and research to minority individuals in their own communities. Establishment of an operational base in this part of Georgia for extending cancer clinical trials and cancer prevention aims to reduce cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality in minority populations.
The program was created by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 1983 and awarded to the Georgia Cancer Center (formerly known as the GRU Cancer Center, the Medical College of Georgia or MCG and Georgia Health Sciences University) in August of 2004. The principal investigator is Anand P. Jillella, MD. The Grant describes the organizational and operational plans intended to provide structure for the effective implementation of multidisciplinary research. African-Americans comprise 42% of newly diagnosed cancer patients at the Georgia Cancer Center. Adult and pediatric cancer clinical trial programs at the Georgia Cancer Center have been successfully enrolling minorities to clinical trials (40% of patients entered are African-Americans). Ultimately, success of the MB-CCOP depends upon the joint efforts of three departments at the Georgia Cancer Center: Adult Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, and Family Medicine.