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Cancer center offers free app for clinical trials

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit hopes its in-house-produced iPhone and iPad application for cancer research will help thousands of patients and physicians locate an appropriate clinical trial.

However, patients or their families also can use the app to locate the latest possible cancer treatment options."It is important that physicians are familiar with new treatment options available through our clinical trials program," Connie Claybaker, Karmanos associate center director of research administration, said in a statement.

Claybaker said Karmanos' clinical trials portfolio features a wide variety of new investigational trials for cancer patients, many which define new standards of care.

The information displayed for each trial includes the title, objective, principal investigator, disease sites, drugs involved and eligibility criteria.

"The ultimate goal is to make it as easy as possible for referring physicians and other healthcare professionals to find a clinical trial that may benefit their patients," said Anthony Shields, M.D., Karmanos' associate center director of clinical sciences, in a statement.

The KCI Trials App also includes buttons to call and email Karmanos Cancer Institute, provides information about Phase I studies and links to the National Cancer Institute.

An Android version is expected to be available by early 2014.

"Karmanos offers free app for cancer research trials" originally appeared in Crain's Detroit Business.
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