Virginia Oncology Associates Selected as One of Ten Sites Nationwide for New Clinical Trial

Va Oncology

By J. Christopher Paschold, MD, FACP

MYLUNG aims to make lung cancer treatment more precise.

Virginia Oncology Associates (VOA) was recently selected as one of only ten sites in the country to be part of a collaborative that includes McKesson and life science companies participating in a study called MYLUNG.

MYLUNG stands for Molecularly Informed Lung Cancer Treatment in a Community Cancer Network: A Pragmatic Consortium. The work of this consortium, which will eventually involve more than 12,000 patients, is to better understand metastatic non-small cell lung cancer at the molecular level and develop more targeted treatment plans.

With about 30-40% of lung cancer tumors with actionable mutations, there are many non-chemotherapy treatment options that have less toxicity and are more beneficial to patients. This study will help us develop much more precise and specific treatments for patients.

Three protocols taking place over a span of five years will make up this study.

Protocol One looked retroactively at patient data to determine baseline information about tumor testing and treatments. The second Protocol is currently enrolling about 1,000 patients – 100 of whom will come from the local VOA practice. Patients will be followed and monitored throughout their cancer journey, with a focus on molecular testing and highly-targeted treatment options. In Protocol Three, the study will expand to include 7,500 patients in 20 practices and will integrate findings from the previous phases.

Lung cancer accounts for about 25 percent of cancer deaths in the U.S. each year. Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common form of lung cancer, so developing therapeutic options that can be tailored to the molecular level will significantly impact how physicians approach testing and treatment plans for their patients.

Researchers expect this study to show promising outcomes for patients. With three main classes of cancer treatment – chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and targeted therapy – we already see a lot

of success with targeted therapies, and that area of study is growing significantly. We are pleased that VOA is part of this collaboration and bringing these options to our patients.

The MYLUNG study is currently enrolling newly diagnosed lung cancer patients, most of whom are stage III or IV. VOA expects to enroll its 100 patients by late 2021.

Specialists or primary care providers can reach out to VOA if they have any questions about the study or to refer patients.


About Dr. Paschold

va oncology asociatesDr. Paschold is a board certified oncologist and hematologist with Virginia Oncology Associates.
He has been involved in various research studies and publications.

He practices in Williamsburg and Norfolk.

Virginiacancer.com

CVM
Coastal Virginia Magazine
* Website * + posts and articles

Offering up stellar editorial and photography on a range of feature topics from personal and business profiles to the region's cuisine and style scene, Coastal Virginia Magazine provides an in-depth glimpse into what's happening in the region. Each issue offers up something new, from the annual Top Docs feature to Best Of CoVa Readers' Choice Awards, while still always providing insight from the regular columnists and news on the latest local events in the Datebook section.

Share This Article:

Tags

Related Articles

Sponsored How Alencar Family Dentistry is Using Technology to Improve Patient Experiences Doctor Jayme Oliveira, the founder of Alencar Family...

Craft Your Perfect Smile with Invisalign® or Six Month Smiles® at Port Warwick Dental Arts! Dr. Lisa Marie Samaha, a...

Dr. Hillary Diffee recently joined the Alencar Family Dentistry family, to assist Dr. Oliveira in providing superior dental services to...

WHITEN YOUR SMILE WITH US! How white will my teeth get? KÖR® Whitening whitens teeth dramatically, often lightening them 16...

Robin Boutique-Boutique is a classic, trendy and boho-style boutique that carries juniors through plus sized women’s wear and accessories. There...

Doctor Jayme Oliveira almost missed marrying his soulmate. Even though they went to the same school and took classes on...

Special Deal!
Advertisements
Events Calendar
Advertisements
Advertisements
Features
Advertisements
Advertisements

Temporary Maintenance scheduled

Hey Coastal Virginia!
Just a heads up: we’re giving our servers a little TLC this Thursday, May 2, starting at 4:00 PM. While you’re avoiding the 44% chance of rain out there, our website might take a quick siesta. We’ll make sure it’s awake as soon as possible!