Florida Pediatric Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP)
Since 1983, a grant from the National Cancer Institute has provided the opportunity for FAPTP to administer the Florida Pediatric Community Oncology Program (CCOP). This program has enabled select FAPTP community hospitals to provide the latest advances in cancer care to their pediatric patients through participation in the clinical trials of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and the Suncoast CCOP Research Base.
Expanding from 4 community programs in 1983 to 9 the CCOP provided access to treatment and cancer-control protocols, quality control, national experts, special laboratory and genetic studies, investigational drugs, and financial resources previously available only at university medical centers. It also provided funding for direct patient care services by covering treatment with investigational drugs and special laboratory studies for patients registered on COG protocols. In addition, review of patient care data by national experts as part of the COG procedure was provided at no cost to the patient or the State.
As one of the few exclusive pediatric CCOP’s in the United States, the Florida Pediatric CCOP had a significant impact on the access and quality of childhood cancer care available in Florida. Its membership included:
- All Children’s Hospital - St. Petersburg
- Golisano Children's Hospital of SW Florida - Ft. Myers
- Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital at Memorial - Hollywood
- M.D. Anderson Children’s Hospital - Orlando
- Nemours Children’s Clinics - Orlando
- Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital - Pensacola
- St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital of Tampa
- San Jorge Children’s Hospital - San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Tampa General Hospital
On August 1, 2014, the Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) transitioned into The NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP).