The Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) is a comprehensive clinical trial mechanism for disseminating the latest cancer prevention and treatment research findings to the community. Created in 1983 by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the CCOP is composed of a group of community hospitals and physicians funded by a peer-reviewed cooperating agreement. It enables patients and physicians to participate in clinical trials at 61 major research centers in 34 states across the country, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. One purpose of the CCOP is to ensure that cancer patients have access to quality medical care in their own communities.
Cancer Centers of the Carolinas was awarded a Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) grant in 1995. The GCCOP is a community based cancer research and education program that offers national cancer prevention and treatment clinical trials for people who are at risk for developing cancer or who have been diagnosed with cancer. The GCCOP is comprised of 28 physicians, including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, urological oncologists and surgical oncologists. The components of the GCCOP include Greenville Health System, Bon Secours Saint Francis Health System and Self Regional Healthcare.