San Juan Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology Program (MBCCOP)
Principal Investigator: Dr. Luis Baez; Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. William Cáceres • Administrator: Doris Cuadrado • PMB #54 P.O. Box 70344, San Juan, PR 00936-8344 • Phone: 787-763-1296 or 787-758-7348 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff affiliated with the program include 23 oncologists, 7 surgeons, 2 pathologists, 5 radiation oncologists, 3 primary care physicians, 8 hematology-oncology fellows, 2 research fellows, 3 research nurses, and 9 study coordinators who have completed training on the protection of research subjects and good clinical practices.
At this time, the San Juan MBCCOP is a member of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG).
The San Juan MBCCOP has facilitated the participation of primary care physicians in the SWOG SELECT Trial, subsequently enrolling 1,456 patients in the study. It also participates in the Breast Cancer Prevention Trial, the STAR Trial, and NSABP adjuvant treatment trials, as well as pain management protocols that have highlighted the challenges associated with pain management among Hispanics who receive treatment for cancer. During this year, the program has exceeded the expected enrollment of patients in treatment trials by 40 percent.
Other Key Facts
On March 15, 2006, Principal Investigator Dr. Luis Baez received the Association of Community Cancer Centers' Community Clinical Scientist Award, presented to him by former NCI Director Dr. Andrew C. von Eschenbach.