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American Society of Clinical Oncology honors St. Joseph Hospital

The Orange-based medical center was recognized for its ongoing fight against cancer.

BY VICTOR JACOBSPublished: June 10, 2011

Photo courtesy of St. Joseph Hospital
St. Joseph Hospital in Orange has received recognition from the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) Conquer Cancer Foundation for its work to improve treatment of the disease through research initiatives. Last year, St. Joseph enrolled more than 400 patients from underprivileged communities in clinical trials for cancer treatment.

The Orange-based hospital garnered the 2011 Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Clinical Trials Participation Award at the organization's annual meeting. The medical facility, which also landed among this year's Most Trustworthy Brands in Orange County, is the only hospital in California and only one of six in the country to be commended by the ASCO.

“We are honored to be recognized by the top oncology society in the world,” said Maria Gonzalez, St. Joseph’s cancer research manager. “This award is a testament to the commitment and collaboration of our physicians to providing state-of-the-art cancer care to the Orange County community. Our physicians and research team consistently exceed national standards for clinical trials. We are so proud to be nationally recognized for our ongoing efforts to bring leading-edge cancer therapies to our patients.”

In 2010, the hospital provided more than 40 open clinical trials addressing more than 10 different cancer types. St. Joseph’s Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment is the first of its kind in Orange County, and one of the few across the country, to offer prevention, treatment and clinical trials all under one roof.

While determining the award recipients, special consideration was given by the ASCO to medical centers that focused clinical-trial participation among poorer and more ethnically diverse populations, as well as facilities that use new, efficient techniques to help facilitate the enrollment of cancer patients in such studies.

“As the only hospital in California selected to participate in the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP), we have committed the resources to develop a comprehensive, culturally sensitive approach to clinical trials and cancer care,” said Gonzalez. “This approach includes clinical trial consent forms in Spanish, Vietnamese and Korean, which help patients feel comfortable with their care and treatment. ... Patients participating in clinical trials may also volunteer to serve as mentors for patients considering, or newly enrolled, in trials.”

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