OncoLink and EmergingMed.com:
Free On-Line Clinical Trial Match & Referral
the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center's award-winning web
site, and EmergingMed are pleased to announce the launch of a
new Clinical Trial Match & Referral Service. Available free
to visitors of OncoLink.com, this service is the first phase of
a three-year exclusive collaboration between Penn's Cancer Center
and EmergingMed.com. It enables visitors to learn about clinical
trials available through the Cancer Center and to easily identify
trials for which they or a loved one might be eligible. One of
the largest cancer information web sites and cited as one of the
best internet sources of medical information by the Journal
of the American Medical Association (JAMA -May 24,
2001), OncoLink recently underwent a dramatic expansion and re-design.
The updated graphics and layout introduce improved navigation
features to better accommodate the over 11.2 million visits from
patients, families and providers who access the site monthly.
"We at EmergingMed and OncoLink share a steadfast
commitment to improving patient access to cancer clinical trials
and accelerating the process of finding better cancer treatments,"
said Courtney Hudson, chief executive officer and founder of EmergingMed.
"Through this collaboration we can further empower patients
with easy-to-locate treatment options they might otherwise never
know about," added Dr. James Metz, assistant professor of
radiation oncology at Penn and editor-in-chief of OncoLink.
"At the same time, we've streamlined the process of getting
eligible patients into clinical trials, making the experience
as easy and convenient as possible."
access the Clinical Trial Match & Referral Service at www.oncolink.com
under "Treatment Options" and "Clinical Trials."
From there, visitors can either view a listing of available trials
by cancer type or they can fill out a simple on-line questionnaire
to determine their eligibility. All submitted information is kept
strictly confidential. Within seconds, a response will show if
a patient's profile matches the enrollment criteria for any clinical
trials at the Cancer Center. If a match is made with one or more
clinical trials, an EmergingMed customer service specialist, upon
request, will help facilitate contact with the team conducting
service strives to respond to requests by phone the same day an
application is submitted and within 48 hours for e-mail requests.
Additional support for the Clinical Trials Match and
Referral Service has been provided by Aventis Pharmaceuticals.
was founded in 1994 by Penn cancer specialists who wanted to help
cancer patients, families, health care professionals and the general
public get accurate, timely cancer-related information-quickly
and free of charge. Through it, the user can get information about
specific types of cancer, news about research advances and updates
on cancer treatment. OncoLink, which is managed and written
by physicians and nurses of the Cancer Center, has been recognized
as one of the leading health resources on the Web, reaching over
11 million hits per month. It's received numerous awards including
the coveted Global Information Infrastructure Award in 1998.
was founded in January 2000 to offer cancer patients and their
families a fast and easy way to find and understand available
treatment options and to speed up drug development through increased
enrollment in clinical trials. The Company's clients include Aventis
Pharmaceuticals, Genentech, SuperGen, Clinical Research Group,
ILEX Oncology, Protein Design Labs, Antigenics, and the University
of Arizona Cancer Center. Based in New York City, EmergingMed
is a private health services and hosted application provider.
more information, call (212) 594-7990 or write to ContactUs@emergingmed.com.