Duke Cancer Network Announces New Affiliation

May 1, 2015
By: Karen E. Butler, Director of Communications, DCI

Gwinnett Medical Center along with the Duke Cancer Network recently announced a new research-based and educational affiliation. Gwinnett Medical Center, located in Lawrenceville, Georgia, is the only health system in the state to become an affiliate of this network.

“Our affiliation with Duke Cancer Network ensures that our patients have access to an array of clinical trials thus expanding their treatment options to fight cancer,” said Phil Wolfe, Gwinnett Medical Center’s president and CEO. “For some time, GMC has offered robust treatment options through its research capacities; however, this new affiliation takes our program to a new level.”

The affiliation with Duke will provide GMC membership into the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Alliance for Clinical Trials. Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) was established and designated by NCI as one of the first comprehensive cancer centers. Through the Network, the DCI offers patients and their providers access to the state-of-the-art research and education programs. These community collaborations also provide patients and their providers with greater access to the most advanced treatments and clinical trials closer to home.

“Gwinnett Medical Center has an existing infrastructure with highly-developed oncology and research capabilities, said Linda Sutton, MD, medical director of the Duke Cancer Network (pictured above). “This partnership builds on GMC’s strengths and provides a host of options for those patients in metro Atlanta.”Dr. Sutton reiterated that one of Duke’s hallmarks is its commitment to excellence through clinical research.

“Through the affiliation, GMC staff and physicians are also afforded a wide range of educational offerings provided by Duke oncology staff and physicians as well as other experts in the field,” said Janet Schwalbe, Vice President of Physician Services at GMC. “Education opportunities will touch on a wide array of topics ranging from the effective use of new cancer therapies to challenges faced by patients following cancer treatments, among others.” 

Research is one of many cornerstones of GMC’s breadth of services for cancer patients. GMC patients can also take advantage of patient navigators, financial counselors and free supportive therapies in both the Duluth and Lawrenceville locations. Gwinnett Medical Center is committed to providing the community access to these resources; this new affiliation with Duke further complements Gwinnett Medical Center’s Cancer program. Currently, there are only eight organizations in the nation that have this same research affiliation.