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Scottsdale Healthcare officials accept a $100,000 donation. (KTAR Photo/Sandra Haros)

PHOENIX -- The Industrial Development Authority of Scottsdale awarded Scottsdale Healthcare's Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center $100,000 Thursday to help fund further development of the Rapid Detection and Assessment of Response (RADAR) program.

The RADAR program uses high-tech radiology imaging and advanced analysis to quickly assess whether a tumor is responding to treatment. RADAR provides physicians with information to make timely decisions about a treatment's effectiveness and whether an alternate treatment is appropriate, according to Ronald Korn, Medical Director of Scottsdale Healthcare's Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center.

"We are really at the end-stage of our research to see who will be most qualified to fit this technology" said Korn. "Today is a great day, but it's the beginning and not the end. We have a lot of work ahead of us to show that this technology we are introducing will make a difference in patients' lives," he added.

RADAR is the result of a collaborative effort between local doctors, the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare.

Cancer patients should check with their doctors to determine if they are eligible for this program. More information is available at clinicaltrials@shc.org, shc.org/cancer or by calling (480) 323-1339 or (877) 273-3713.

Sandra Haros , Reporter

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