Trial-Matching Service for Breast Cancer Patients Takes Personalized Approach

By Robin Hindery, UCSF Science Cafe | October 2, 2009

UCSF has long been known for providing top-quality education and exceptional patient care.

But in a true sign of the times, the University name may soon be associated with another type of service -- online matchmaking -- thanks to the recent expansion of BreastCancerTrials.org, a nonprofit, nationwide service that pairs breast cancer patients, survivors and those who are at risk with clinical trials.

The free service, which originated at UCSF, is operated by Quantum Leap Healthcare Collaborative with ongoing research and development by the UCSF Center of Excellence for Breast Cancer Care (COE-BCC). It is the country's only trial matching service dedicated exclusively to breast cancer, which kills more than 40,000 American women every year.

"BreastCancerTrials.org is an excellent example of the power of partnership between researchers, clinicians and patients in expanding opportunities for women and men with breast cancer," says Nancy Milliken, MD, vice dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and director of the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health. "We are proud that what was developed and piloted at UCSF is now bringing benefits to individuals nationwide." BreastCancerTrials.org allows patients to self-report their health history in order to hone in on the trials that correspond to their personal health situation. It also offers patient-friendly information about more than 160 ongoing clinical trials at more than 1,500 medical facilities throughout the country.

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