Cardon Children's and Banner Research partner to conduct pediatric clinical cancer trials

Jan 30, 2013, 12:17 ET from Banner Health

MESA, Ariz., Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Banner Children's at Cardon Children's Medical Center has partnered with Banner Research to be approved as a Children's Oncology Group (COG) Institution. This designation partners both groups to provide infrastructure to conduct pediatric clinical cancer trials at Cardon Children's.

This affiliation will provide children and their loved ones access to cutting edge treatments that may otherwise not be available. This prestigious achievement of being named a COG Institution comes after a year-long application process requiring hard work by team members at both Cardon Children's Medical Center and Banner Research. COG is a branch of the National Cancer Institute, the largest pediatric oncology clinical trial group in the world and partners with more than 200 hospitals world-wide.

"This designation is an honor and a testament to the stellar care we provide our oncology patients at Cardon Children's Medical Center," said Rhonda Anderson, CEO of Cardon Children's. "Our pediatric team did an outstanding job to prepare us for COG membership and ultimately our patients will benefit because they'll have the opportunity to be treated with clinical protocols that may help in their fight against cancer."

According to the American Cancer Society, recent advances in cancer treatments are saving the lives of many children. Through careful research and studies, clinical cancer trials will give children at Cardon Children's and their families more options to treat cancer-related illnesses. The team expects having their first pediatric patient enrolled in a study sometime in early 2013.

ABOUT Cardon Children's Medical Center
Cardon Children's Medical Center located in East Mesa, offers state-of-the-art pediatric care in its 248-bed facility. We offer specially trained nurses and physicians in a caring and compassionate setting that assures parents their children are receiving the best possible care.

Our pediatric staff, in conjunction with a full array of pediatric specialty physicians, meets the diverse childhood health care needs of our time.

We are a member of the Children's Hospital Association.

ABOUT Banner Research
Banner Research is at the leading edge in a new era of scientific discovery. Our basic and clinical research faculty turns ground-breaking research findings into new identification, treatment, and prevention methods for certain diseases including: Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, cardiovascular disease, cancer, Fibromyalgia, arthritis and orthopedics.

We have an international reputation for our work and provide outstanding access for patients to clinical trials. Our commitment to excellence allows us to make a difference in people's lives every day.

Contact: David Lozano

Phone: 480-321-0160

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