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Arizona Cancer Research Alliance Launches with Innovative Studies

Local oncologists and related clinical research specialists have partnered with Translational Research Management (TRM) to create a new, community-based physician coalition focused on cancer research: The Arizona Cancer Research Alliance (ACRA).

The ACRA announced the commencement of its first two collaborative studies in metro Phoenix and plans to launch 10 additional trials – set to enhance area access to investigational protocols and offer improved outcomes for patients.

Nationwide, community oncologists treat approximately 80 percent of cancer patients, and yet only a small portion of these physicians participate in clinical trials. In fact, of the 1.4 million cancer patients diagnosed each year, less than five percent ever participate in a research study.

ACRA is committed to opening a wide range of clinical trials designed to meet the needs of patients fighting the most common types of cancer. As the field of oncology moves toward personalized medicine, complex clinical trials will increasingly focus on select patient populations. The alliance provides an ideal setting to conduct these protocols, as they are unlikely to be feasible at any single site, regardless of size. ACRA currently includes 40 oncology professionals working at 17 certified research sites throughout the Phoenix-Scottsdale area. Additionally, the alliance is contracted with 83 medical professionals (cardiologists, laboratory directors, interventional radiologists, radiologists and ophthalmologists) who are providing services at 53 locations.

“Bringing together the oncology community in this collaborative, multi-disciplinary fashion will mean additional care options for more patients diagnosed with cancer and discoveries leading to future innovation,” says Steven E. Finkelstein, M.D., Executive Director for ACRA, Board Certified Radiation Oncologist based in Scottsdale, and National Director of 21st Century Oncology’s research arm, the Translational Research Consortium (TRC).

Community partners also include the Arizona Molecular Imaging Center, Imaging Endpoints, Internist Oncologists, Palo Verde Cancer Specialists, Pinnacle Oncology Hematology, Southwest Hematology Oncology, Scottsdale Medical Imaging Laboratories and others.

“While it is true, we live in an era of revolutionary opportunities for advances in cancer care, historically clinical trials have been limited in scope and we now face an investigator shortfall,” explains Chris Beardmore, CEO of Translational Research Management. “After much hard work, ACRA creates an infrastructure to support physicians at the community practitioner level, allowing clinical trials to take place to provide benefit for physicians, patients, and improve our understanding of how to best treat cancer.”

For more information on ACRA, visit www.trmllc.com/partners-in-research/arizona-cancer-research-alliance.

The free “We Take Your Health to Heart” event Feb. 13 includes a live broadcast of a heart procedure, as shown from last year’s program. RSVP to shc.org or call 480-882-4636. The event is Feb. 13 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Saguaro South Grand Ballroom at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge, 5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix.

Heart experts show latest treatments at free Feb. 13 event

The public is invited to see and hear information on the latest advances in heart attack and valve repair treatments with some of the nation’s foremost cardiologists and surgeons at a free community event Feb. 13 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort.

Highlighting the event is a procedure broadcast live from the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center. “We Take Your Health to Heart” starts at 6:30 pm in the Saguaro South Ballroom at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort, 535 E. Marriott Dr. in Phoenix.

Interventional cardiologist David Rizik, MD will perform the live procedure moderated by a panel of experts, and will join the panel shortly after completing the catheterization. Other presentations will include information on aortic stenosis and nonsurgical Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement.

“Over the last decade there has been a meteoric evolution in the heart and vascular sciences. We want to provide a rich educational experience, showcasing the latest cardiovascular technologies and interaction with world-class physicians,” said Dr. Rizik.

In addition to Dr. Rizik, who is medical director of Heart & Vascular Services and Interventional Cardiology for Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Thompson Peak Hospital; panelists include James Hermiller, MD, director of interventional cardiology at St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana; Robert Riley, MD, medical director of cardiovascular surgery for Scottsdale Healthcare; Kevin Klassen, MD, medical director of cardiology services, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Thompson Peak Hospital; Scottsdale Healthcare cardiologists Robert Burke, MD and Allen Reinfeld, MD; and Maulik Shah, MD, medical director of interventional cardiology, Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center.

One of the latest advances in is the Edwards Sapien Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) which will be featured with Dr. Rizik on KAET Channel 8, Arizona’s PBS later this month. The procedure is approved for patients with inoperable aortic stenosis (failing heart valves), using a catheter fed through the femoral artery to implant the new valve.

Registration for “We Take Your Health to Heart” is free at shc.org or call 480-882-4636. The event is Feb. 13 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Saguaro South Grand Ballroom at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge, 5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix Ariz. 85054.

“We Take Your Health to Heart” is sponsored by Scottsdale Healthcare and includes faculty from the 2013 Scottsdale Interventional Forum medical education conference taking place at the JW Marriott.

Scottsdale Healthcare is a community-based, not-for-profit health system that includes Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare Primary Care centers and the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute. A leader in medical innovation, talent and technology, Scottsdale Healthcare was founded in 1962 and based in Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information, visit www.shc.org.