The Gulf Coast MB-CCOP in Mobile, Alabama is the only institution between New Orleans and Eastern Florida funded to provide this program. The MB-CCOP has existed and been funded since the inception of the NCI MB-CCOOP program 21 years ago.The patient population in Mobile and environs is ideal for this type program because it is 49% (3% increase since 2000 census) African Americian and 2% other minorities.
Providence Hospital (PH) is part of Ascension Health, which is operated by the Catholic Church in Mobile. PH is the primary base site for the performance of the MB-CCOP studies. There are two radiation oncologists at Providence, who facilitate the RTOG protocols. PH is also the administrative site for the program director, four oncology nurses and three clinical rsearch associates. Springhill Medical Center (SMC) is the second site located in downtown Mobile, an area with a high concentration of minorities in surrounding neighborhoods. The third performance site is located in Ocean Springs, MS. The research team also includes Southern Cancer Center (SCC), an eight member private medical oncology group. SCC is the major medical oncology provider for patients in the greater Mobile, AL region, as well as parts of eastern FL and MS. SCC has priviate practices located in PH and SMC, Mablis and Monroeville, AL and Ocean Springs, MS.
The MB-CCOP has a longstanding history in this region in providing clinical trials to minorities and the underserved. The goal of MBCCOP is to continue serve and remain a positive vehicle for uniting the community in their efforts to fight cancer.