NCCN Announces Funding for Lung and Thyroid Cancer Quality Projects, in Collaboration with Lilly

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA — The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Oncology Research Program (ORP) recenlty announced new funding for quality projects to improve patient care and outcomes in lung and thyroid cancers. Funding will be provided through support from Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly).

“The overall goal of this project is to develop innovative healthcare provider and systems performance and quality improvement initiatives to enhance patient care and outcomes in non-small cell lung cancer and thyroid cancer” said Crystal S. Denlinger, MD, FACP, Senior Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, NCCN. “Congratulations to all of these inspiring investigators. We are eager to learn their findings and hope they can be expanded to other practices as well.”

The selected projects are:

  • Waddah Arafat, MD, UT Southwestern Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
    • Harnessing an Electronic Health Record (EHR) Genomics Module to Guide Clinical Decisions for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) Care
  • Grace K. Dy, MD, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
    • Multidisciplinary Workflow Optimization to Overcome Challenges in Biomarker Testing and to Expedite Biomarker-Based Treatment Decisions for Patients with NSCLC
  • Cristina P. Rodriguez, MD and Perrin E. Romine, MD, MScUniversity of Washington School of Medicine/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
    • Streamlining Molecular Profiling of Thyroid Malignancies in an Academic Tertiary Referral Oncology Center and its Community Satellite Clinics
  • John Strickler, MDDuke Cancer Institute
    • Expansion of the Duke Molecular Tumor Board to Community Oncology Sites Across the Southeast to Support Adoption of Comprehensive Genomic Profiling and Biomarker Driven Therapy Selection for Lung and Thyroid Cancer Patients
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“Lilly is committed to supporting initiatives that increase the appropriate use of comprehensive biomarker testing in metastatic non-small cell lung cancer and thyroid cancer,” said Anthony N. Sireci, MD, MSc, Vice President, Clinical Biomarkers and Diagnostics Development Loxo Oncology at Lilly. “We are proud to collaborate with NCCN on the selected projects to explore how the proposed innovations can ultimately improve patient care and outcomes.”

Proposals were peer-reviewed by a Scientific Review Committee, which consisted of leading expert oncologists from NCCN Member Institutions. It is known that predictive biomarker testing on tumor-derived tissue or circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) plays an important role in the treatment decision-making process for both metastatic non-small cell lung cancer as well as metastatic thyroid cancers. The goal of this project is to provide funding to study projects that, ultimately, are aimed at helping healthcare professionals deliver the optimal guideline-adherent treatment to each patient at the appropriate time. The selected projects are set to be completed within two years. The total amount of grants awarded for this research is approximately $1.2 million.

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