The Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), Philadelphia, and US Oncology Inc., Houston, today announced they will join together to increase patient access to national cancer clinical trials with a radiation focus in the community setting. 
Under the collaboration, patients receiving cancer care at practices affiliated with US Oncology will have access to RTOG trials for disease sites, such as brain, breast, cervix, head and neck, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and lung cancers. Trials focus on testing the integration of radiation therapy with new systemic therapies and surgery.
The joint project also represents the first time US Oncology, as a network of member practices, has participated in cooperative group trials in radiation oncology. US Oncology is also the first multi-state, national organization to become an affiliate member of RTOG.

Current members include large regional practices and academic practices with several facilities in metropolitan areas.