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$100,000 grant aids rapid cancer detection program

Monday, June 24, 2013

A rapid cancer detection program developed through collaboration between local physicians, the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Industrial Development Authority (IDA)of Scottsdale.

The Rapid Detection and Assessment of Response (RADAR) program uses radiologic imaging and advanced analysis to assess whether a tumor is responding to treatment. RADAR provides physicians with information to make decisions about a treatment’s effectiveness and whether an alternate treatment is appropriate, according to Ronald Korn, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center.

“Through RADAR we hope to rapidly detect cancers beforethey become incurable,” said Korn. “Once the cancer is detected and treatment has started, we hope to assess the response rate to the current treatment plan. With this rapid detection, we will make sure patients have the right treatment.”

Korn added that revolutionary methods of advanced imaging and analysis have the potential to detect treatment responses as early as hours after the start of therapy.

“The IDA believes that the RADAR program will have a positive impact on cancer services for our community and ultimately many patients will benefit from this,” said Marc Grayson, president of the IDA board of directors.

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