Georgia Cancer Specialists physician Dr. Rodolfo Bordoni recently established the Georgia Lung Cancer Working Group (GCLG), a statewide lung cancer network for research and education. The group, formed last December, is a division of the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (Georgia CORE).
“I’m proud to be a founding member of the Georgia Lung Cancer Working Group,” said Dr. Bordoni, a CORE board member since January of 2006. “The project aims to expand clinical research and treatment and promises to benefit lung cancer patients throughout the state.”
Representatives from the Medical College of Georgia (MCG), Emory University, and many private oncology practices attended the first statewide GLCG meeting on December 19, 2006. Since then, GLCG has developed committees for lung cancer research and screening, and education at different levels.
The research committee is made up of Dr. Bordoni, Dr. Fadlo Khuri (Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University), and Dr. Kapil Ballah (MCG.)
“The formation of this group is indicative of a strong commitment by Georgia’s oncologists to address a deadly disease,” Bordoni said.
Lung cancer accounts for 16 percent of all cancer diagnoses in Georgia and 30 percent of all cancer deaths. Over 4,800 Georgians died of lung cancer in 2006.
The purpose of the Lung Cancer Working Group is to offer easy access to state of the art comprehensive care, using education and cutting edge clinical research to expand treatment options for all lung cancer patients. Members of the group include medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, thoracic surgeons, epidemiologists, statisticians, and research nurses from across the state. The Lung Cancer Working Group is currently prioritizing lung cancer trials and creating new studies.