Las Vegas, May 12
–TrialCheck®, the on-line cancer clinical trial navigation
and patient matching service developed by the nonprofit Coalition of Cancer
Cooperative Groups, won 2008 “Best in Show” honors from Consumer Health World,
a national organization focused on improving consumer-directed healthcare.
Competing for the top honor from among competitors in eight categories,
TrialCheck® also received the award for Best Application for Enhancing Patient
Access for Information.
The Coalition accepted the awards at a ceremony during the
National Conference on Healthcare Consumerism in Las Vegas.
“We are extremely proud to be receiving these honors,” said Robert Comis, M.D.,
president and chairman of the Coalition. “TrialCheck® fills the need for highly
reliable information on cancer clinical trials – an important treatment option
that many patients and physicians overlook.”
TrialCheck® offers cancer patients and caregivers quick, simple
access to reliable, unbiased, and easy-to-understand information about cancer
clinical trials. Patients use the information to discuss cancer clinical trials
as a potential treatment option with their physician.
With TrialCheck®, patients and caregivers log on at CancerTrialsHelp.org (the
official Web site of the Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups), or through
the Web sites of TrialCheck® collaborators, including the American Cancer
Society (www.cancer.org). By answering a quick series of questions, patients
receive a downloadable list of trial matches based on zip code, gender, disease
type and stage, age and cancer impact on their daily activities.
The Coalition’s unique collaborations with major patient advocacy organizations
are a direct outgrowth of its nonprofit status, which ensures that patients
have free-of-charge access to information on all cancer clinical trials
currently recruiting patients – regardless of the trial sponsor.
The most frequently updated cancer clinical trials database in
the U.S., TrialCheck® data is considered “best of breed” by leading cancer
clinical trial experts. Data is gathered from the National Cancer Institute’s
(NCI) Physician Data Query (PDQ®), the National Institutes of Health’s
clinicaltrials.gov, the Clinical Trial Cooperative Groups and the
pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. It features a real-time
Web-service connection with the NCI’s national Regulatory Support System (RSS),
direct downloads from NCI’s PDQ® database, and quality controls that increase
data reliability and accuracy.
TrialCheck® is the only system to add and remove all federally
approved Cooperative Group trials in real-time. It received a prestigious
Bronze-level certification award from the NCI’s cancer Biomedical Informatics
Grid (caBIG) network as one of the few systems capable of supporting NCI’s
efforts to fully integrate the nation’s cancer clinical trial databases.