WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SHARE For Cures, a Washington, DC-based non-profit focused on accelerating disease research through consumer data-sharing, today announced a contribution from Cancer Treatment Centers of America ® (CTCA), a national network of five hospitals that serves adult patients who are fighting cancer.
Just one month ago, as part of the White House's Cancer Moonshot Initiative, SHARE For Cures launched its data-sharing platform, along with a study aimed to gather a better understanding of the real-world use of novel cancer immunotherapy drugs.
SHARE For Cures' new SHARE platform allows individuals to easily and securely gather their clinical, wellness, lifestyle, and patient-reported data. For the study, the SHARE platform also collects information about cancer immunotherapy use, side effects and benefits. Once gathered, the data will enable researchers to better understand how these new therapies are being used outside of clinical trials, as well as the health impact of these specific drugs on real-world patients.
"We are thrilled with the success of our platform and the accrual rates our study is achieving in such a short period of time. The generous contribution from CTCA allows us to accelerate our plans to broaden the reach of our platform in oncology, as well as this study," Co-Founder and President Joshua Mann said.
"Cancer Treatment Centers of America commends the novel approach SHARE For Cures has taken to accelerate cancer research, and we are happy that we could help support their admirable work in pursuit of the Cancer Moonshot Initiative's goals," said Maurie Markman, MD, President of Medicine and Science at CTCA.
In addition to CTCA, financial support for the SHARE platform has been provided by the Connecting Care Fund at St. Joseph Hospital Foundation. The data exchange within the SHARE platform is powered by Human API.
About SHARE For Cures
SHARE For Cures is a 501(c)(3) non‐profit with a mission to empower everyone to use their individual health, wellness, and lifestyle data to advance medical research and save lives. Through the development of its SHARE platform, SHARE For Cures aims to make it possible for more researchers to access the critical information they need to better understand, prevent and cure disease. Learn more and donate to help expand the platform to everyone at www.shareforcures.org.
About Cancer Treatment Centers of America®
Cancer Treatment Centers of America Global, Inc. (CTCA), headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., is a national network of five hospitals that serves adult patients who are fighting cancer. CTCA® offers an integrative approach to care that combines advancements in genomic testing and precision cancer treatment, surgery, radiation, immunotherapy and chemotherapy, with evidence-informed supportive therapies designed to help patients physically and emotionally by enhancing their quality of life while managing side effects both during and after treatment. CTCA serves patients from around the world at its hospitals in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa. Consistently rated among U.S. hospitals that deliver the highest quality of care and patient experience, CTCA provides patients and their families with comprehensive information about their treatment options and encourages their active participation in treatment decisions. For more information, visit cancercenter.com, Facebook.com/cancercenter and Twitter.com/cancercenter.
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