The Ingalls Memorial Hospital cancer research team recently received an ASCO Clinical Trials Participation Award. Pictured are Toya Williams (from left), Joy Vlamakis, Jennifer Sarkey, Dr. James Wallace, an unidentified ASCO representative, Ingalls Cancer Care medical director Dr. Mark Kozloff, Ingalls Cancer Research director Margaret Marriott, Amber Kindt, Lynn Muir and Alan Fisher. | Supplied photo by Phil McCarten/ASCO
Updated: July 13, 2014 2:16AM
Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey is one of two hospitals in Illinois, and the only one in the Southland, to be recognized for its contributions to cancer research.
It’s one of eight hospitals in the country to receive the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Clinical Trials Participation Award. The other Illinois hospital is Mount Sinai Hospital Cancer Care Center in Chicago.
Mark Kozloff, hematologist/oncologist and medical director of Ingalls Cancer Clinical Trials, said the award means “a lot of hard work, time and effort by me and my team has been recognized by a body of 30,000 oncologists.”
Ingalls collaborates with the National Cancer Institute and with Chicago’s major university hospitals to design and implement a range of clinical trials on prevention, treatment, surgery, radiation therapy and targeted therapies that attack cancer.
“Our ultimate goal is to see the cancer rate go down. We are always looking for a treatment that is better than the (current) standard of care,” Kozloff said.
“If we did not do research, we would still be treating people like we did in 1977,” he said. “People who have cancer now are living longer and living better lives, all because we have developed new treatments.”
Kozloff said 15 percent 20 of Ingalls’ cancer patients participate in clinical trials, and no other community hospital offers as many trials as Ingalls.
The award gives preference to hospitals that serve minority populations in their communities. Ingalls enrolls up to 35 percent of minority patients on clinical trials every year, tripling the national average of less than 10 percent, according to the hospital.
The Conquer Cancer Foundation was created to seek dramatic advances in fighting all types of cancer, and it funds cancer research and shares its information with doctors and patients worldwide. More information is at www.conquercancerfoundation.org.
SouthtownStar staff report