FAPTP collects data from member institutions to conduct epidemiologic studies, clinical trials, and cancer-control protocols.
The Florida Cancer Data System (FCDS) captures data from patients treated outside the FAPTP system and can be linked with the SPIRS data to study a larger patient base. With the combined data set, FAPTP staff can better identify the incidence of pediatric cancer in Florida. Studies and projects currently open include:
- calculating the incidence of pediatric cancer in each of Florida’s 67 counties to identify temporal or geographic trends that warrant further investigation
- examining possible association between environmental hazards and potential cancer clusters
FAPTP sites actively participate in clinical treatment trials from the Children’s Oncology Research Base.
FAPTP is also involved in the development of new cancer-control studies and works closely with the Suncoast CCOP Research Base. Two current studies have been approved by the NCI for cancer-control credit as intergroup studies with COG.