William Small, Jr., MD, Plays Leading Role in CCRN | Loyola Medicine
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

William Small, Jr., MD, Plays Leading Role in Cervical Cancer Research Network

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MAYWOOD, IL –  William Small Jr., MD, chair of the radiation oncology department of Loyola University Medical Center, served as co-chair, faculty member and speaker at a recent meeting of the Cervix Cancer Research Network (CCRN) in Bangkok, Thailand.
 
CCRN is working to facilitate clinical trials of treatments of cancer of the cervix in countries where the disease has a high burden and national research groups have not yet been established.
 
Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide. Each year, an estimated 500,000 women develop cervical cancer and more than 270,000 die from the disease. About 85 percent of cases and 90 percent of deaths occur in developing countries, due in large part to limited access to screenings and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations. Among the various regions of the world, there is an 18-fold difference in mortality rates for cervical cancer.
 
CCRN, a subsidiary of the Gynecologic Cancer InterGroup (chaired by Dr. Small), is a multinational consortium of physicians and scientists. The main objectives of CCRN clinical trials are to provide new therapies to regions with the greatest need and to improve cervical cancer outcomes worldwide.
 
CCRN recently held its first international meeting in Bangkok with participants from 16 countries. The focus of the meeting was to evaluate clinical trials for the CCRN and to promote education about brachytherapy for the treatment of cervical cancer.
 
Brachytherapy involves the placement of radioactive seeds in the tumor. Brachytherapy has been shown to improve overall survival compared with external beam radiation alone. Brachytherapy also is cost-effective and convenient for patients, and it limits radiation doses to healthy tissue. But the treatment is underused worldwide. For example, among all cervical cancer patients who are eligible for brachytherapy, 35 percent in China and 73 percent in India go untreated.
 
Participants in the Bangkok meeting concluded that including brachytherapy and chemotherapy, and keeping treatment regimens to less than eight weeks, will have a major positive impact in treating women with cervical cancer.

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Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

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